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Routledge Companion to Sports History

1st Edition

Edited by S. W. Pope, John Nauright


656 pages

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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. 


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports