Sport History in the Digital Era

Sport History in the Digital Era

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From statistical databases to story archives, from fan sites to the real-time reactions of Twitter-empowered athletes, the digital communication revolution has changed the way fans relate to LeBron's latest triple double or Tom Brady's last second touchdown pass. In this volume, contributors from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyze the parallel transformation in the field of sport history, showing the ways powerful digital tools raise vital philosophical, epistemological, ontological, methodological, and ethical questions for scholars and students alike.

Chapters consider how philosophical and theoretical understandings of the meaning of history influence engagement with digital history, and conceptualize the relationship between history making and the digital era. As the writers show, digital media's mostly untapped potential for studying the recent past via media like blogs, chat rooms, and gambling sites forge a symbiosis between sports and the internet while offering historians new vistas to explore and utilize. In this new era, digital history becomes a dynamic site of enquiry and discussion where scholars enter into a give-and-take with individuals and invite their audience to grapple with, rather than passively absorb, evidence.

Timely and provocative, Sport History in the Digital Era affirms how the information revolution has transformed sport and sport history--and shows the road ahead.

Contributors include Douglas Booth, Mike Cronin, Martin Johnes, Matthew Klugman, Geoffery Z. Kohe, Tara Magdalinski, Fiona McLachlan, Bob Nicholson, Rebecca Olive, Gary Osmond, Murray G. Phillips, Stephen Robertson, Synthia Sydnor, Holly Thorpe, and Wayne Wilson.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252038932
  • 9780252038938
  • 2,092,145

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"This book should interest anyone who does research into sports history or who teaches a graduate-level class on doing research, especially archival work."--Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly "Sport History in the Digital Era offers a well-timed overview of the ways that sport historians can work in this milieu."--Sport History Review "Those who are interested in sport history will appreciate this resource on using the Internet in their work. Highly recommended."--Choice "This book sets out to make history safe for the Internet age that has been thrust upon us ready or not in this century... Sport historians, sports studies and sociology of sport scholars, and digital humanities scholars will all find useful ideas for their research and their efforts in the classroom in the volume's ten chapters."--ARETE "Each essay is thought-provoking and grounded with examples or connections to sport history that challenge us to consider the utility of digital technologies-and our relationship to them-moving forward. . . . Osmond and Phillips show a keen awareness of the major developments, debates, and conversations in the digital humanities and offer an important book that will serve as an accessible conversation starter for historians of sport."--Sport in American History "Provides a thoughtful exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of online sport history, which is especially valuable for those reluctant to embrace the digital age."--New Media & Society
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About Gary Osmond

Gary Osmond is a senior lecturer in sport history at the University of Queensland. Murray G. Phillips is an associate professor in the socio-cultural aspects of sport and physical activity at the University of Queensland and editor of Deconstructing Sport History: A Postmodern Analysis. Both are active members in the North American Society for Sport History.
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