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Civic Representations of Sport History: the New Zealand Sport Hall of Fame

Kohe, Geoff (2010) Civic Representations of Sport History: the New Zealand Sport Hall of Fame. Sport in Society, 13 (10). 1498 -1515. ISSN 1743-0437. (doi:10.1080/17430437.2010.520939) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Sports halls of fame and sports museums have an important role in presenting sport history to a public audience. Utilizing the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in Dunedin, I argue that these places construct and represent sport history in particular ways that tend to enhance positive aspects of the sports ethic and a respectful reverence toward sporting figures. I discuss the affective values of historical artefacts, the distinction between sports halls of fame and sport museums, the religious quality of these aesthetic sites, and the importance of nostalgia in creating memorable visitor experiences. I consider how our understanding and critique of these civic spaces can be informed by debates over form and content in historical presentation. A brief review of the Sports Hall of Fame is followed by an alternative proposal that reconceives the role of academic sports historians within the domain of public sports history.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17430437.2010.520939
Uncontrolled keywords: sport history, sports museums, sports halls of fame, civic representation, New Zealand
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 11:51 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66762 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoff: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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