1st Edition

Routledge Companion to Sports History

Edited By S. W. Pope, John Nauright Copyright 2010
    672 Pages
    by Routledge

    672 Pages
    by Routledge

    The field of sports history is no longer a fledgling area of study. There is a great vitality in the field and it has matured dramatically over the past decade. Reflecting changes to traditional approaches, sport historians need now to engage with contemporary debates about history, to be encouraged to position themselves and their methodologies in relation to current epistemological issues, and to promote the importance of reflecting on the literary or poetic dimensions of producing history. These contemporary developments, along with a wealth of international research from a range of theoretical perspectives, provide the backdrop to the Routledge Companion to Sports History.

    This book provides a comprehensive guide to the international field of sports history as it has developed as an academic area of study. Readers are guided through the development of the field across a range of thematic and geographical contexts and are introduced to the latest cutting edge approaches within the field. Including contributions from many of the world’s leading sports historians, the Routledge Companion to Sports History is the most important single volume for researchers and students in, and entering, the sports history field. It is an essential guide to contemporary research themes, to new ways of doing sports history, and to the theoretical and methodological foundations of this most fascinating of subjects. 

    Theory, Methods, and Key Themes in Sports History Introduction: The Field of Sports History Around the World - John Nauright and S.W. Pope  Chapter 1: Theory - Douglas Booth  Chapter 2: Sources - Gary Osmond and Murray PhillipsChapter 3: The City - Gerald Gems  Chapter 4: Borderlands - Colin Howell and Daryl Leeworthy  Chapter 5: Marxism - Ian Ritchie  Chapter 6: Sociology - Louise Mansfield & Dominic Malcolm  Chapter 7: Origins - Donald Kyle  Chapter 8: Gender - Susan Bandy  Chapter 9: Race - John Nauright and David Wiggins  Chapter 10: Bodies - Henning Eichberg  Chapter 11: Science and Technology - Verner Møller   Chapter 12: Entrepreneurship - Dilwyn Porter  Chapter 13: Religion - William Baker  Chapter 14: Imperialism - S.W. Pope In 22-04-09  Chapter 15: International Relations - Barbara Keys   Chapter 16: Nationalism - Matti Goksøyr  Sports History Around the World  Chapter 17: Africa (Sub-Saharan) - John Nauright  Chapter 18: Australia - Daryl Adair  Chapter 19: Belgium and the Netherlands - Ruud Stokvis  Chapter 20: Canada - Amanda Schweinbenz  Chapter 21: The Caribbean - Alan Cobley  Chapter 22: China - Fan Hong - Chapter 23: Central and Eastern Europe  Marek Waic, Stefan Zwick & Tomas Pavlin  Chapter 24: France - Thierry Terret  Chapter 25: Germany Arnd Krüger  Chapter 26: Great Britain - Martin Johnes  Chapter 27: Ireland - David Hassan & Philip O’Kane  Chapter 28: Japan - Richard Light  Chapter 29: Middle East and North Africa - Mahfoud Amara  Chapter 30: Mexico and Central America - Richard McGehee  Chapter 31: New Zealand (Aotearoa) - Malcolm MacLean  Chapter 32: Nordic Countries - Niels Kayser Nielson  Chapter 33: Russia/Soviet Union - Jim Riordan  Chapter 34: South America - Cesar Torres  Chapter 35: South Asia - Chris Valiotis  Chapter 36: South East Asia- Charles Little  Chapter 37: The United States of America - Mark Dyreson


    S. W. Pope is Adjunct Professor of the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism in the Affiliated Faculty, Academy of International Sport, George Mason University, USA.

    John Nauright is Director of the Academy of International Sport and Professor in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism at George Mason University, USA. He is also Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados.

    "This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of sport covering a broad range of topics, themes and countries and written by acknowledged experts. It will be extremely useful for all serious students of the subject." 

    Richard Holt 

    Professor, International Centre for Sports History and Culture , De Montfort University, UK


    "Written by many of the most influential and renowned authors in the discipline, the Routledge Companion to Sports History serves as a thorough and invaluable work of the past, present, and possible future of the field", Journal of Sport History