In this collection, sixteen scholars explore topics as diverse as the historical debate over black athletic superiority, the
selling of sport in society, the eroticism of athletic activity, sexual fears of women athletes, and the marketing of the
marathon. In line with the changing nature of sport history as a field of study, the essays focus less on traditional topics
and more on themes of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity, which also define the larger parameters of social
and cultural history. It is the first anthology to situation sport history within the broader fields of social history and
cultural studies. Contributors are Melvin L. Adelman, William J. Baker, Pamela L. Cooper, Mark Dyreson, Gerald R. Gems, Elliott
J. Gorn, Allen Guttmann, Stephen H. Hardy, Peter Levine, Donald J. Mrozek, Michael Oriard, S. W. Pope, Benjamin G. Rader,
Steven A. Riess, Nancy L. Struna, and David K. Wiggins.