In addition to being an internationally recognised pioneer of sports history, Brian Stoddart has also been a leading thinker and influence in the field. That influence has crossed several areas of history, sociology, business, politics and media aspects of sports studies, and has drawn deeply upon his own training in Asian studies. His work has been characterised by cross-disciplinary work from the outset, and has encompassed some very different geographical areas as well as crossing from academic outlets to media commentary. As a result, his influential work has appeared in many different locations, and it has been difficult for a wide variety of readers to access it fully and easily. This volume draws together, in the one place for the first time, some of his most important academic and journalistic work. Importantly, the pieces are drawn together by an intellectual/autobiographical commentary that locates each piece in a wider social and cultural framework.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society
About the Author
Professor Brian Stoddart is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at La Trobe University in Australia, and has long been recognised as a leading international authority on sports culture. He has published widely on Australian sport, sport in the British Empire, golf history and cricket, especially that of the Caribbean
Table of Contents
1. Preface 2. Cricket’s Imperial Crisis: the 1932-33 MCC Tour of Australia 3. Sport and Society 1890 – 1940: A Foray 4. Illusion or Reality: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Sport 5. Cricket, Social Formation and Cultural Continuity in Barbados: A Preliminary Ethnohistory 6. Caribbean Cricket: The Role of Sport in Emerging Small-nation Politics 7. Sport, Cultural Imperialism and Colonial Response in the British Empire 8. Wide World of Golf: A Research Note on the Interdependence of Sport, Culture and Economy 9. Cricket, Literature and Culture: Windows on the World 10. Sport, Television, Interpretation and Practice Reconsidered: Televised Golf and Analytical Orthodoxies 11. A Transnational View 12. Orientalism, Golf and the Modern Age: Joe Kirkwood in Asia 13. Sport, Colonialism and Struggle: C.L.R. James and Cricket