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About Mark Perryman

Mark Perryman is a member of both the Labour party and Momentum. Co-founder of the self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ aka Philosophy Football he has also edited numerous books on the politics of the Left. The latest, The Corbyn Effect, is published by Lawrence & Wishart, available here.

Articles by Mark Perryman

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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Thirty-two nations under a groove

Will the World Cup which opens today be an orgy of petty-minded nationalism? Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman doesn’t think so.

From Bah Humbug to Oh Jeremy Corbyn – the best political books of 2017

Never mind miserabilism - this Christmas Mark Perryman discovers plenty of books full of reasons to be cheerful.

The revolution will not be merchandised

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the Russian revolution, a variety of cultural responses are floating around – but Corbyn mugs and cynical movies don't capture the visionary optimism we need.

Rising from the abyss - the Corbyn effect

In an exclusive and edited extract from his new book The Corbyn Effect, Mark Perryman measures the scale of Labour’s 2017 recovery.

How to make English football good again - the view from below

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football explores the possibilities of fan culture as a social movement. 

Were you still up for...? a late summer reading list

The shock of the general election hasn’t even begun to settle down. Mark Perryman recommends some reads to help grapple with interesting times.

Nothing to lose but our chains: cycling is the people’s sport

As the annual cycling spectacle of the Tour De France begins, are two wheels good?

A riot of our own: Punk at 40

 8th April is the 40th Anniversary of The Clash Debut Album Mark Perryman asks what the 1977 punk and politics mix was all about?

All Power to the Ideals!

What kind of centenary celebration does 1917 deserve?

A guide to Christmas books for the radical in your life

Mark Perryman provides a seasonal round-up of the best books to cheer up the radical spirit

We were their flowers in the dustbin: Anarchy in the UK at 40

40 years ago this weekend, The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK was released. Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman remembers

A poppy for our thoughts? On footballers' symbols and politics

Ahead of the England vs Scotland game, what does the reaction to FIFA’s poppy ban tell us about Britain?

"They did not pass": Lessons from Britain's history of anti-fascist resistance

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause home and abroad. What lessons can be drawn for the left of today?

Team GB's Olympic triumph is testament to the benefits of social democracy

Publicly-funded olympians have come home covered in glory, whilst the UK's neoliberal football clubs flounder on the international scene.

Battle of Britains: England vs Wales

Looking ahead to England v Wales as competing versions of nationhood

An 11 point plan to fix English football

As Euro2016 begins, England needs a long-term plan to end the 50 years of hurt.

Catching up with Portugal

As the England team meets Portugal again, national decline is on the country's mind.

The England Euro 2016 team: an imagined community of eleven named people

What does the newly announced Euro 2016 team tell us about the state of multicultural England?

Football's greatest hurt of all: the context for Hillsborough

To understand the Hillsborough disaster, you have to see the context: vilification of football fans and the working class; England's decay, and the violence of the 1980s.

England always dreaming

It's St George's day. But why do those who ask the English question fail to talk about the main expression of Englishness?

Ireland and Britain, a hundred years later

On St Patrick’s Day and the meaning of the forthcoming Easter Rising centenary for models of Britishness.

Euro 2016 vs Euro referendum: which one will win out?

The Brexit referendum will fall in the middle of the Euro 2016 football championship, where England (not to mention Wales and Northern Ireland) will feel at their most "European".

Football: this is what being European looks like

What’s the most Europeanised institution in British society? The answer is easy if you think about it.

One year on from Team GB what remains of Britain united?

In the run up to the London Olympics, Lord Coe maintained that the event last year would be a chance to exhibit Britain's incredible variety of cultures. To what extent was the true state of multiculturism exhibited in this country, and what purpose does sport have in terms of national identity?

After the Games: the good the bad and the Orbit

With the Olympics over Mark Perryman reflects on the ups, downs and thereabouts. London 2012 has been internationally lauded as a success, but a better Games was possible and we should not allow the euphoria to obscure that critique.


Will the success of Team GB's women prove to be a game changer?

One of the most positive outcomes of Team GB’s success has been the prominence of Women Athletes winning medals. Author of a new book on the Olympics Mark Perryman considers the likely long-term impact.

Beyond the pitch, track and ring: a guide to Olympian reading

With London 2012 drawing to a close, Mark Perryman rounds up the books which can help us to understand the long term significance of the Games.

A day at the London Olympics: positives and negatives

Mark Perryman spent a day at the Olympic Park in East London and concludes that the Games are a good thing - but could be so much better. 

A home Games - but for whom?

With the start of the London 2012 Games upon us, Mark Perryman questions the over-centralisation of the games and their 'Olympic mismanagement'. 

A ring of steel for the five rings

The London 2012 security mess isn’t just about staff shortages. Mark Perryman asks just who the abundant precautions are there to protect. 

A Games of two halves

With his book offering a blueprint for a better Olympics, published this week, author Mark Perryman explains his Five New Rings.

Keeping the flags flying

With England out of Euro 2012 on penalties, the flag-waving build up for the Olympics begins in earnest. Mark Perryman explores the changing shape of sports nationalism, and internationalism. 

London's Calling: 'fan zones' and corporate space at Euro 2012

Euro 2012, Le Tour and the London Olympics. Each reveal differing ways in which sport is controlled and consumed. Mark Perryman reports from the Ukraine on how vested interests are threatening the authentic participation of athletes and supporters alike. 

Tickets, anybody got tickets?

The claim that the 2012 Games are a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity for the UK is diminished by London-centrism and a shortage of tickets. Mark Perryman outlines how this could have been avoided and alternative preperations made, more condusive to the democratic potential of the Olympics. 

It’s the Taking Part...

Participation is one of the main legacy claims of the London 2012 Games. Mark Perryman, author of a forthcoming book on the Olympics, examines the evidence.

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