Sports History

Wray Vamplew (Redaktør) ; Mark Dyreson (Redaktør)

Sports history is no longer a marginal academic subject. It has now been recognised that sport is a significant cultural activity that matters to millions of people and ought to be studied by academic researchers. Les mer
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Sports history is no longer a marginal academic subject. It has now been recognised that sport is a significant cultural activity that matters to millions of people and ought to be studied by academic researchers. Correctly practised, sports history is a counter to nostalgia, myth and invented tradition. It can be considered the sports memory of a nation: without sports history there is sporting amnesia.

The respected editors of this reference collection have brought together the best and most challenging work in the field for the first time. Covering a wide range of sports, regions, debates, approaches and eras, Sports History is a truly comprehensive collection, divided across four themed volumes:

Volume One: An Unfinished Journey

Volume Two: More Than a Game

Volume Three: A Force for Good?

Volume Four: Flexible Boundaries



Introduction - Wray Vamplew and Mark Dyreson
Part One: Pioneers
The Technological Revolution and the Rise of Sport, 1850-1900 - John Rickards Betts
Sporting Days in Eighteenth Century England - Dennis Brailsford
Cricket and Australian Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century - W.F. Mandle
Part Two: Inside and Outside the Archives
Sites of Truth or Metaphors of Power? Refiguring the Archive - Douglas Booth
Sport Talk: Oral History and Its Uses, Problems, and Possibilities for Sport History - Susan K. Cahn
Sport History as Modes of Expression: Material Culture and Cultural Spaces in Sport and History - Linda Borish and Murray Phillips
Part Three: Using Theory
The Consecration of Sport: Idealism in Social Science Theory - Douglas Booth
Concepts of Capital: An Approach Shot to the History of the British Sports Club before 1914 - Wray Vamplew
The Nature of Sport under Capitalism and Its Relationship to the Capitalist Labour Process - Bob Stewart
Assessing Sport History and the Cultural and Linguistic Turn - Colin Howell
Part Four: Contextual Approaches
How to Read Historical Context
Mass-Producing Traditions: Europe, 1870-1914 - Eric Hobsbawm
How to Avoid Misreading Historical Context
"The Only Woman in All Greece": Kyniska, Agesilaus, Alcibiades and Olympia - Donald Kyle
Part Five: Innovatory Approaches
How to Read the Media
Reading, Watching, and Listening to Football - Michael Oriard
How to Swim against the Currents of Context
A History of Synchronized Swimming - Synthia Sydnor
Part Six: Areas of Challenge: Emotion, Children and Eroticism
Senses and Emotions in the History of Sport - Barbara Keys
Child Work or Child Labour? The Caddie Question in Edwardian Golf - Wray Vamplew
A Blinkered Approach? Attitudes towards Children and Young People in British Horseracing and Equestrian Sport - Joyce Kay
Spartan Girls, French Postcards, and the Male Gaze: Another Go at Eros and Sports - Allen Guttmann
Part One: Gender
"Gouge and Bite, Pull Hair and Scratch": The Social Significance of Fighting in the Southern Backcountry - Elliott Gorn
From Amazons to Glamazons: The Rise and Fall of North Carolina Women's Basketball, 1920-1960 - Pamela Grundy
Caster Semenya and the "Question of Too": Sex Testing in Elite Women's Sport and the Issue of Advantage - Jaime Schultz
Part Two: Race and Ethnicity
Basketball and the Culture-Change Process: The Rimrock Navajo Case - Kendall Blanchard
The Quest for Subcommunities and the Rise of American Sport - Benjamin Rader
Basketball and Magic in 'Middletown': Locating Sport and Culture in American Social Science - Mark Dyreson
Part Three: Associativity
A Theory of the Evolution of Modern Sport - Stefan Szymanski
The Role of Associativity in the Evolution of Modern Sport: A Comment on Stefan Szymanski's Theory - Klaus Nathaus
Part Four: Sport as Consumer Culture
Where Did You Go, Jackie Robinson? Or, the End of History and the Age of Sport Infrastructure - Stephen Hardy
The Rise of "The World's Largest Sport and Athletic Outfitters": A Study of Gamage's of Holborn, 1878-1913 - Geraldine Biddle-Perry
Part Five: Sport and Nation`
Soviet Sport and Transnational Mass Culture in the 1930s - Barbara Keys
"I Can Compete!" China in the Olympic Games, 1932 and 1936 - Andrew Morris
The Republic of Consumption at the Olympic Games: Globalization, Americanization, and Californization - Mark Dyreson
Part Six: Sport and International Relations
The Relevance of the "Irrelevant": Football as a Missing Dimension in the Study of British Relations with Germany - Peter Beck
Japan's Sports Diplomacy in the Early Post-Second World War Years - Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu
Global Players? Football, Migration and Globalization - Matthew Taylor
Part Seven: Sport and the First World War
'Leather' and the Fighting Spirit: Sport in the British Army in World War I - Eliza Riedi and Tony Mason
Exploding the Myths of Sport and the First World War: A First Salvo - Wray Vamplew
"The First Ever Anti-Football Painting"? - Iain Adams and John Hughson
Part One: The Civilizing Process: The British Debate
History, Theory and the "Civilizing Process" - Tony Collins
Sociological versus Empiricist History: Some Comments on Tony Collins's 'History, Theory and the "Civilizing Process"' - Graham Curry, Eric Dunning and Kenneth Sheard
Part Two: Football Hooliganism
Football Hooliganism in Britain before the First World War - Eric Dunning, Patrick Murphy, John Williams and Joseph Maguire
Football Hooliganism Revisited: A Belated Reply to Patrick Murphy, Eric Dunning and Joseph Maguire - Robert Lewis
Part Three: The Civilizing Process: America
Sports Spectators from Antiquity to the Renaissance - Allen Guttmann
Spectators and Crowds in Sport History: A Critical Analysis of Allen Guttmann's Sports Spectators - Donald Kyle
A Modernist's View - Melvin Adelman
Part Four: Opposition to Sport
Criticisms against the Value-Claim for Sport and the Physical Ideal in Late Nineteenth Century Australia - David W. Brown
Anti-Sport: Victorian Examples from Oxbridge - John Bale
Rethinking the History of Criticism of Organised Sport - G.K. Peatling
Part Five: The Dark Side
Discourses of Deception: Cheating in Professional Running - Peter Mewett
Only the Ring Was Square: Frankie Carbo and the Underworld Control of American Boxing - Steven A. Riess
Lord Bentinck, the Jockey Club and Racing Morality in Mid-Nineteenth Century England: The "Running Rein" Derby Revisited - Mike Huggins
Part One: As Others See Us
Cracks in the (Self-Constructed?) Ghetto Walls? Comments on Paul Ward's 'Last Man Picked' - Malcolm MacLean
Sport in Modern European History: Trajectories, Constellations, Conjunctures - Alan Tomlinson and Christopher Young
Common Ground? Links between Sports History, Sports Geography and the Sociology of Sport - Joe Maguire
Economists and Sports History - Stefan Szymanski
Dancing on the Edge of Disciplines: Law and the Interdisciplinary Turn - Ken Foster and Guy Osborn
Part Two: Time and Space
Sport, Society and Space: The Changing Geography of County Cricket in South Australia 1836-1914 - Clive Forster
Village Greens, Commons Land and the Emergence of Sports Law in the UK - Jack Anderson
Part Three: Modernisation
From Ritual to Record - Allen Guttmann
Of Remembering and Forgetting: From Ritual to Record and Beyond - Colin Howell
The Problems with Ritual and Modernization Theory, and Why We Need Marx: A Commentary on From Ritual to Record - Susan Brownell
Part Four: Borderlands
Borderlands, Baselines and Bearhunters - Colin Howell
The Foot Runners Conquer Mexico and Texas: Endurance Racing, Indigenismo, and Nationalism' - Mark Dyreson
Part Five: Sport as a Culture-Making Tool
Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight - Clifford Geertz
What Is Art? - C.L.R. James
Part Six: Sports History for Public Consumption
A Historian in the Museum: Story Spaces and Australia's Sporting Past - Murray Phillips
Sport History, Public History, and Popular Culture: A Growing Engagement - Kevin Moore
Writing Sports History for "Non-Specialists": A Reply to the Review Symposium on Adair and Vamplew's Sport in Australian History, and the State of Australian Sports History - Daryl Adair