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Deconstructing Sport History
A Postmodern Analysis
Deconstructing Sport History
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Murray G. Phillips - Editor
Alun Munslow - Foreword by
SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations
Price: $81.50 
Hardcover - 274 pages
Release Date: November 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6609-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6609-4

Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 274 pages
Release Date: November 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6610-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6610-0

Price: $29.95 
Electronic - 274 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8250-6

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Presents a broad spectrum of critical approaches that question traditional sport history.

This groundbreaking collection challenges the accepted principles and practices of sport history and encourages sport historians to be more adventurous in their representations of the sporting past in the present. Encompassing a wide range of critical approaches, leading international sport historians reflect on theory, practice, and the future of sport history. They survey the field of sport history since its inception, examine the principles that have governed the production of knowledge in sport history, and address the central concerns raised by the postmodern challenge to history. Sharing a common desire to critique contemporary practices in sport history, the contributors raise the level of critical analysis of the production of historical knowledge, provide examples of approaches by those who have struggled with or adapted to the postmodern challenge, and open up new avenues for future sport historians to follow.

“The editor highlights some of the important limitations of sport history as it is currently practiced and argues that postmodern theory could be incorporated more effectively into our field’s methodology. The book assembles contributions from respected and talented scholars who employ a variety of approaches to illustrate the potential contributions of postmodern theory to sport history.” — Eric Reed, Western Kentucky University

Contributors include John Bale, Douglas Booth, Jeffrey Hill, Brett Hutchins, Alun Munslow, Michael Oriard, Catriona Parratt, Murray G. Phillips, S.W. Pope, Robert Rinehart, Synthia Syndor, and Patricia Vertinsky.

Murray G. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of From Sidelines to Centre Field: A History of Sports Coaching in Australia.

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Table of Contents

Alun Munslow

Introduction: Sport History and Postmodernism
Murray G. Phillips

Part One: On Theory

1. Sport Historians: What Do We Do? How Do We Do It?
Douglas Booth

2. Sport History between the Modern and Postmodern
Brett Hutchins

3. A Linguistic Turn into Sport History
Michael Oriard

Part Two: On Practice

4. Partial Knowledge: Photographic Mystifications and Constructions of “The African Athlete”
John Bale

5. Anecdotal Evidence: Sport, the Newspaper Press, and History
Jeffrey Hill

6. Wasn’t It Ironic? The Haxey Hood and the Great War
Catriona M. Parratt

7. Decentering “Race” and (Re)presenting “Black” Performance in Sport History: Basketball and Jazz in American Culture, 1920-1950
Steven W. Pope

Part Three: On the Future

8. Beyond Traditional Sports Historiography: Toward a Historical “Holograph”
Robert E. Rinehart

9. Contact with God, Body, and Soul: Sport History and the Radical Orthodoxy Project
Synthia Sydnor

10. Time Gentlemen Please: The Space and Place of Gender in Sport History
Patricia Vertinsky

Murray G. Phillips

List of Contributors
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