An athletic Clio: Sport history and television history

Phillips, Murray G. (2008) An athletic Clio: Sport history and television history. Rethinking History, 12 3: 399-416. doi:10.1080/13642520802193270

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Author Phillips, Murray G.
Title An athletic Clio: Sport history and television history
Journal name Rethinking History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-1154
Publication date 2008-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13642520802193270
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 399
End page 416
Total pages 18
Editor A. Munslow
D. Harlan
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
950204 The Media
950102 Organised Sports
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract Sport historians have largely avoided television history even though several series, like Ken Burn's Baseball and the BBC's More Than a Game, have reached large audiences. Only one journal, The Journal of Sport History, regularly reviews mediated forms of sport history, while the other journals only sporadically engage with television history and film. This article evaluates the documentary The Original Mermaid: The Amazing Story of Annette Kellerman by creating three fictitious reviews using Alun Munslow's tripartite model of historical inquiry: reconstructionism, constructionism and deconstructionism. These reviews of The Original Mermaid are intended to encourage sport historians to move beyond the view that television sport history is not worthy of serious consideration and to stimulate a critical appreciation of sport history on television. As part of this process of critiquing television history, there is an implicit critique - to employ a sporting metaphor - of the rules of the game of sport history. In some ways this article is a personal journey, but more significantly it addresses key 'moments' in sport history as different methodological, epistemological and ontological positions have been adopted by practitioners.
Keyword constructionism
sport history
television history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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