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Dr. Rob Lake

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Email: rlake@wlu.ca
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.4773
Fax: (519) 747-4594
Office Location: BA 519
Office Hours: Mondays 12:30-1:30pm or by appointment
Academic Background

PhD 2008 Brunel University

MA 2003 University of Leicester

BSc 2002 Brunel University

Biography

My research interests are in the areas of sport history and sociology. My PhD thesis investigated the issue of social exclusion in British tennis, and subsequent work has examined issues related to social class and gender in British tennis, from the 1870s to present day. I have published articles in leading journals in the area such as the International Journal of the History of Sport, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Sport in History. I have a book contract with Routledge to publish 'A Social History of Tennis in Britain', which is due to be released in late 2013. I was Treasurer of the British Society of Sports History from 2008-2011 and am an active member of the academic community, regularly presenting academic work, publishing book reviews and reviewing journal articles. In my spare time, I enjoy evenings in with my wife Siobhan, chasing our infant daughter Aoife around our living room, playing recreational basketball, soccer, tennis and snowboarding, when it gets cold.

Additional Information

Publications:

Peer-reviewed/Refereed Publications

Lake, R. J. (2012). ‘They Treat Me like I’m Scum’: Social Exclusion and Established-Outsider Relations in a British Tennis Club. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 47.

Lake, R. J. (2012). Gender and Etiquette in ‘Mixed Doubles’ Lawn Tennis 1870-1939. International Journal of the History of Sport 29 (5), 691-710.

Lake. R. J. (2011). A Critique of Functionalist Values within Recent British Tennis Policy. International Sports Studies 32 (2), 47-59.

Lake, R. J. (2011). Social Class, Etiquette and Behavioural Restraint in British Lawn Tennis: 1870-1939. International Journal of the History of Sport 28 (6), 876-894.

Lake, R. J. (2010). ‘Managing Change’ in British Tennis 1990-2006: Unintended Outcomes of LTA Talent Development Policies. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 45 (4), 474-490.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Stigmatised, Marginalised, Celebrated: Developments in Lawn Tennis Coaching 1870-1939. Sport in History 30 (1), 82-103. Reprinted as a book chapter: Lake, R. J. (2011). ‘Stigmatised, Marginalised, Celebrated: Developments in Lawn Tennis Coaching 1870-1939’, in. N. Carter (ed.), Coaching Cultures. London: Routledge.

Lake, R. J. (2009). Real Tennis and the Civilising Process. Sport in History 29 (4), 553-576.

Published Books

Lake, R. J. (forthcoming). A Social History of Tennis in Britain. London: Routledge. (currently being written for release in 2013/2014)

Published Book Chapters

Lake, R. J. (2011). ‘Tennis in the British Isles’. In, J. Nauright (ed.). Sports Around the World: History, Culture, Practice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Lake, R. J. (2011). ‘Rankings Determination (for tennis, golf, etc – National and International)’. In, Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing. London: Sage.

Published Book Reviews

Lake, R. J. (2013-forthcoming). Book Review: John Grasso, Historical Dictionary of Tennis. Sport in History 32.

Lake, R. J. (2012-forthcoming). Book Review: John Hughson, Sporting Cultures. International Journal of the History of Sport 27.

Lake, R. J. (2012). Book review: John Iceland, Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States. Sociology 45.

Lake, R. J. (2012). Book review: Jeffrey Hill, Sport in History: An Introduction. International Journal of the History of Sport 26.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Book review: Hans Bonde, Football with the Foe. European Studies in Sports History 3, 137-139.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Book review: Norbert Elias and Eric Dunning, Quest for Excitement. Sport in History 30 (4) 593-597.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Book review: Geoffrey Hiller, The Bandies of Fortune. Sport in History 30 (2), 334-337.

Lake, R. J. (2010). Book review: Cecil Harris and Larryette Kyle-Debose, Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis. Sport in History 30 (1), 169-172.

Lake, R. J. (2009). Book review: Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford, Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball; Thomas McLaughlin, Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 44 (4), 421-426.

Lake, R. J. (2009). Book review: Neil Wigglesworth, The Story of Sport in England. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 44 (1), 105-108.

Conference Presentations:

Invited/Keynote Presentations

Lake, R. J. (2012, Nov). ‘Leisure Ladies and Generous Gents: What Tennis Reveals about the British Class System’. Paper presented at the History Colloquium Series, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.

Lake, R. J. (2012, Feb). ‘Turning your PhD into a Book: Some Practical (and Candid) Advice’. Paper given at: Department of Kinesiology Graduate Seminar Series, University of Western Ontario.

Lake, R. J. (2011, Oct). ‘From Social Exclusion to a Social History: Towards a Broader (and more marketable) Field for Examining Lawn Tennis’. International Centre for Sport History and Culture (ICSHC) Research Seminar, De Montfort University.

Lake, R. J. (2010, Mar). ‘Social Exclusion in Voluntary Sports Clubs: Policies and Practices in British Tennis’. Sports Volunteering Research Network, Sport England HQ, Victoria House, London.

Lake, R. J. (2009, Oct). ‘Class, Gender and Etiquette in British Lawn Tennis: 1870-1939’. Sport and Leisure History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Regular Conference Presentations

Lake, R. J. (2012, Oct). ‘Tennis and the Olympics’. Paper given at: International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) 2012 Annual Symposium, University of Western Ontario.

Lake, R. J. (2010, Nov). ‘‘Nothing More than a Graceful Swoop’: Gender and Etiquette in British Lawn Tennis Mixed Doubles, 1870-1939’. Paper given at: 6th Meeting of the Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport, University of Bath.

Lake, R. J. (2010, Sep). ‘Gender and Etiquette in Lawn Tennis 1870-1939: A Case Study of Mixed Doubles’. Paper given at: British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, Wellcome Trust, London.

Lake, R. J. (2009, Feb). ‘Social Exclusion in Tennis Clubs: The Impact of Government Policy on the Autonomy of Voluntary-run Associations’. Paper given at: Political Studies Association Sport Study Group Annual Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London .

Lake. R. J. (2008, Sep). ‘‘More than Just a Wimbledon Champion’: Fred Perry, Professionalism and Cultural Change in British Tennis’. Paper given at: British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, University of Brighton.

Lake, R. J. (2008, Feb). ‘LTA Governance from the 1960s: A Critique of its Functionalist Values’. Paper given at: Political Studies Association Sport Study Group Annual Conference, Liverpool Hope University.

Lake, R. J. (2007, Aug). ‘Gone Forever? The ‘Fighting Spirit’ of Amateur Tennis’. Paper given at: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Post-graduate Conference, University of Leicester.

Lake, R. J. (2007, Aug). ‘Amateurism in Tennis: Historical Prevalence and Social Significance’. Paper given at: British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, Stirling University.

Lake, R. J. (2006, Sep). ‘Power Relations in British Tennis: An Expanding Figuration’. Paper given at: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Post-graduate Conference, Loughborough University.

Lake, R. J. (2006, Jun). ‘Volunteering in Sport: Tennis and Social Exclusion’ Paper given at: Centre for Contemporary British History Annual Summer Conference, University of London.

Lake, R. J. (2006, May). ‘Harmonious Inequality: A Case Study of Power Relations in a Tennis Club’. Paper given at: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 7th Inter-university Graduate Conference: Challenging the Boundaries of Social Science, Cambridge University.

Lake, R. J. (2006, Apr). ‘Established and Outsiders in British Tennis Clubs: A History of Children’s Social Exclusion’. Paper given at: Elias in the 21st Century, University of Leicester.

Lake, R. J. (2005, Sep). ‘Age and Class Exclusion in British Tennis: A Historical Exposition’. Paper given at: British Society of Sports History Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan.

Lake, R. J. (2005, Sep). ‘Talent Development in British Tennis: Historical Issues, Current Challenges’. Paper given at: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Post-graduate Conference, Brunel University.

Lake, R. J. (2005, May). ‘‘Anyone for tennis? No, not really’: Age and Class Exclusion in British Tennis. Paper given at: Graduate School Poster Conference, Brunel University.

Lake, R. J. (2004, Dec). ‘‘Clubbing Together for Children’: A Sociological Analysis of British Tennis Culture and Talent Development. Paper given at: Beyond the Boundaries: Sport and Anthropology Conference, De Montfort University.

Internal Research Seminar Presentations

Lake, R. J. (2010, Nov). ‘Class, Gender and Etiquette in British Lawn Tennis: 1870-1939’. Paper given at: School of Theology, Philosophy and History Research Seminar Series, St. Mary’s University College.

Lake, R. J. (2008, Jan). ‘Social Exclusion in British Tennis: A History of Privilege and Prejudice’, School of Human Sciences Research Seminar Series, St. Mary’s University College.

Lake, R. J. (2006, Jan). ‘What Have Children Done for Sport? Attitudes to Child Participation and Talent Development Using Tennis as a Case Study’. Paper given at: Interdisciplinary Child-Focused Research Centre/Interdisciplinary Centre for Child and Youth Focused Research Seminar Series, Brunel University.

Lake, R. J. (2004, May). ‘Children in British Tennis: A Sociological Analysis’ Paper given at: PhD Student Seminar Series, Brunel University.