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Week 1


What does McDonald suggest are the reasons for the lack of attention to Sports history?

What can broader sports history offer the historian?

Core Reading

David McDonald, 'Sports History and the Historical profession', in R. Edelman and W. Wilson, The Oxford Handbook of Sports History (2017) [ebook]

Douglas Hartmann, 'Sport and Social Theory', in R. Edelman and W. Wilson, The Oxford Handbook of Sports History (2017) [ebook]

Further Reading:

E. Anderson, A. White, Sport, Theory and Social Problems (2018)

John Bale and Mike Cronin (eds), Sport and Postcolonialism (2003)

D. Booth, 'Invitation to historians: the historiographical turn of a practicing (sport) historian' Rethinking History December 2014;18(4):583-598

Allen Guttman, ‘Capitalism, Protestantism and the Rise of Modern Sport’ in From the Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (1978)

Brenda Elsey, ‘Introduction: Marking the Field’, pp. 1-9. in B. Elsey, and S. Pugliese (eds), Football and the Boundaries of History (2017) [ebook]

J. Hughson, 'The Postmodernist Always Rings Twice: Reflections on the Cultural Turn in Sports History' International Journal Of The History Of Sport 30(1) (2013), 35-45

Murray Philips and Gary Osmond (eds.), Sports History in the Digital Era (2015)

Martin Polley, Sports History: A Practical Guide (2007)

Polley, M. (2010). History and sport. In B. Houlihan (Ed.), Sport and society: A student introduction (pp. 56-74). London: SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781446278833.n4

Roger Rees and Andrew Miracle, Sport and Social Theory (1986)

Gareth Stedman Jones, ‘Class Expression versus Social Control’, History Workshop Journal, 4,1, (1977)