A new history of yachting / Skiing into modernity: a cultural and environmental history [book reviews]

Huggins, Mike (2018) A new history of yachting / Skiing into modernity: a cultural and environmental history [book reviews]. Cultural and Social History, 15 (3). pp. 457-460. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780038.2018.1470077


Many years ago, a majority of histories of sport were simplistically dismissed by mainstream academics as written by ‘fans with typewriters’. From the 1980s however, historians of sport increasingly became a small but distinctive feature of university history and sports studies departments, though their work was largely rooted in social history and theory. From about the same time, this subfield began to develop its own specialist journals, societies and teaching materials, building on its links to mainstream history. More recently, it has widened its range of topics, approaches and conceptual frames, debated post-modern perspectives and adopted a more multi-disciplinary approach and a wider range of interpretative tools. The earlier concentration on popular, mass and male-dominated sports such as football, rugby and cricket has expanded substantially to incorporate minority, prestige, physically impaired and other forms of sport, while interest in topics such as gender, culture, representations, class, identity, ethnicity, diversity, space and place, environment and technologies is much more commonplace. Each of the two books reviewed here in its own way reflects such changes, and both cover minority sports which for part of their history were largely confined to the better-off, though the middle classes slowly gained access to them. In Britain, for example, yachting and skiing, like mountaineering, have in the past mainly been attractive to the wealthier social elite and salaried or fee-earning professionals. Neither sport has the amount of secondary literature associated with sports like cricket.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cultural and Social History
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Social History Society (SHS)
ISSN: 1478-0046
Departments: Humanities
Additional Information: Mike Huggins reviews two books: 'A new history of yachting', by Mike Bender, Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2017, ISBN 9781783271337 and 'Skiing into modernity: a cultural and environmental history', by Andrew Denning, Oakland CA, University of California Press, 2015, ISBN 9780520284289.
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 11:16
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4129

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