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date: 17 September 2021

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This chapter presents the state of the burgeoning scholarly field of sport history and points to what remains to be done. Scholars have increasingly have found sports to be a subject that can help answer the major questions facing historians of all sorts. Once a domain of unadorned empiricism, sports history today mobilizes complex and sophisticated social and cultural theories to derive a vast range of meanings. Additionally, the familiar categories of class, race, gender, nation, and religion can all be used to understand sport, and in turn sport can provide new understandings of those same categories. The study of sport has been enhanced by the historical profession’s cultural turn that has made numerous once marginal subjects the objects of serious and rigorous scrutiny. This collection seeks to introduce this field to academics who are considering studying this subject and general readers who are seeking a guide to further reading.

Keywords: sport, history of sport, social theory, cultural theory, industrialization

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