Jun 20, 2005

"Those who have struggled with or adapted to the postmodern challenge" [LINK]

Promotional text describing Deconstructing Sport History: A Postmodern Analysis, a volume edited by Murray G. Phillips, part of SUNY Press's "Sport, Culture, and Social Relations" concentration:

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

And the following regards another volume edited by Pirkko Markula, Feminist Sport Studies: Sharing Experiences of Joy and Pain:
This book highlights the development of feminist sport studies through personal narratives of prominent feminist sport researchers from North America, Europe, and New Zealand. With expertise in sport history, literature, psychology, and sociology, contributors offer reflections that cross disciplinary boundaries and provide a concise and current summary of this broad field. In relaying their personal research experiences, contributors intertwine their professional and personal selves in stories that highlight the struggles of sport feminists, struggles that shaped the self and constructed feminist knowledge of sport. They tell about the academic context for feminist research in sport studies, the feelings and experiences of being women researchers in a male-dominated field, and internal doubts and disappointments after vilification of their work. The narrative style makes this book accessible to a wide variety of audiences and a suitable reference and/or text for sport science history and research methods courses.

“This book records the struggles and successes of a group of academics who have had a profound influence; it is important that these stories are told.”
— Sheila Scraton, coeditor of Gender and Sport: A Reader

Pardon the extended quotations, but it's always remarkable how long authors can go dancing along the very periphery of meaning.

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