Rethinking sport, empire, and American exceptionalism

Pope, Steven W. (2007) Rethinking sport, empire, and American exceptionalism. Sport History Review, 38 (2). pp. 92-120. ISSN 1087-1659

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Abstract

This article examines the correlation between sports history and American imperialism and exceptionalism. More specifically, the author argues against a view of sport historiography which excludes debates within social and cultural history. It is the author's suggestion that established themes in sports historiography, when considered within the context of American imperialism, can expand the understanding of American sports within global history, in effect, allowing sports historians to generate effective cross-cultural analysis. Particular focus is given by the author to the emphasis on how historical generalizations and anecdotes establish imperialism in the sporting history of America.

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Additional Information:This article examines the correlation between sports history and American imperialism and exceptionalism. More specifically, the author argues against a view of sport historiography which excludes debates within social and cultural history. It is the author's suggestion that established themes in sports historiography, when considered within the context of American imperialism, can expand the understanding of American sports within global history, in effect, allowing sports historians to generate effective cross-cultural analysis. Particular focus is given by the author to the emphasis on how historical generalizations and anecdotes establish imperialism in the sporting history of America.
Keywords:sport, history
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V390 History by Topic not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:1395
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:15 Oct 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:26

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