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From statistical databases to story archives, from fan sites to the real-time reactions of Twitter-empowered athletes, the digital communication revolution has changed the way fans relate to LeBron's latest triple double or Tom Brady's last second touchdown pass. In this volume, contributors from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyze the parallel transformation in the field of sport history, showing the ways powerful digital tools raise vital philosophical, epistemological, ontological, methodological, and ethical questions for scholars and students alike. Chapters consider how philosophical and theoretical understandings of the meaning of history influence engagement with digital history, and conceptualize the relationship between history making and the digital era. As the writers show, digital media's mostly untapped potential for studying the recent past via media like blogs, chat rooms, and gambling sites forge a symbiosis between sports and the internet while offering historians new vistas to explore and utilize. In this new era, digital history becomes a dynamic site of enquiry and discussion where scholars enter into a give-and-take with individuals and invite their audience to grapple with, rather than passively absorb, evidence. Timely and provocative, Sport History in the Digital Era affirms how the information revolution has transformed sport and sport history--and shows the road ahead. Contributors include Douglas Booth, Mike Cronin, Martin Johnes, Matthew Klugman, Geoffery Z. Kohe, Tara Magdalinski, Fiona McLachlan, Bob Nicholson, Rebecca Olive, Gary Osmond, Murray G. Phillips, Stephen Robertson, Synthia Sydnor, Holly Thorpe, and Wayne Wilson.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Stephen Robertson
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction: The Bones of Digital History
  2. Gary Osmond, Murray G. Phillips
  3. pp. 1-32
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  1. Part 1: Digital History and the Archive
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. 1. The Library's Role in Developing Web-Based Sport History Resources
  2. Wayne Wilson
  3. pp. 35-52
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  1. 2. Sport History and Digital Archives in Practice
  2. Martin Johnes, Bob Nicholson
  3. pp. 53-74
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  1. Part II: Digital History as Archive
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 3. Organizational Websites, E-Spaces, and Sport History
  2. Geoffery Z. Kohe
  3. pp. 77-96
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  1. 4. "Dear Collective Brain. . .": Social Media as a Research Tool in Sport History
  2. Mike Cronin
  3. pp. 97-112
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  1. 5. Into the Digital Era: Sport History, Teaching and Learning, and Web 2.0
  2. Tara Magdalinski
  3. pp. 113-131
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  1. 6. "Get excited people!": Online Fansites and the Circulation of the Past in the Preseason Hopes of Sports Followers
  2. Matthew Klugman
  3. pp. 132-156
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  1. 7. Interactivity, Blogs, and the Ethics of Doing Sport History
  2. Rebecca Olive
  3. pp. 157-179
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  1. 8. Death, Mourning, and Cultural Memory on the Internet: The Virtual Memorialization of Fallen Sport
  2. Holly Thorpe
  3. pp. 180-200
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  1. Part III: Digital History is History
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. 9. On the Nature of Sport: A Treatise in Light of Universality and Digital Culture
  2. Synthia Sydnor
  3. pp. 203-226
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  1. 10. Who's Afraid of the Internet?: Swimming in an Infinite Archive
  2. Fiona McLachlan, Douglas Booth
  3. pp. 227-250
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  1. Conclusion: Digital History Flexes its Muscle
  2. Murray G. Phillips, Gary Osmond
  3. pp. 251-270
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-282
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