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Life stories of seemingly uninteresting athletes offer a deeper understanding of the conditions that formed modern sport in Britain and Europe
Dave Day’s edited collection from 2011, Sporting Lives (MMU Institute for Performance Research) originates from a Sporting Lives symposium hosted by MMU Cheshire, and must be considered a modern sport history classic. John S. Hellström is our reviewer, and he finds the sum of the parts to be most rewarding, even though some individual contributions are highly readable. Shame, though, that only one of eleven chapters is written about a women.
The chapters in Sporting Cultures: Global Perspectives (MMU Sport and Leisure History) arose from the 4th International Colloquium for Sport History held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, in spring 2018. The collection is edited by Nick Piercey & Samantha-Jayne Oldfield, and it is reviewed here by Swedish sport historian Björn Sandahl. Our reviewer finds that the collection successfully challenges traditional approaches to sport history.