Skip to main content

Crafting critical echoes in sport organizations: Oral histories of, and possibilities for, the New Zealand Olympic Committee

Kohe, Geoffery Z., Warren, Micheal (2019) Crafting critical echoes in sport organizations: Oral histories of, and possibilities for, the New Zealand Olympic Committee. The International Journal of the History of Sport, . ISSN 0952-3367. E-ISSN 1743-9035. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

PDF - Author's Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication Download (912kB)


Digital spaces (e.g. organizational websites, fanzines, blogs, electronic repositories and social media) are, potentially, rich empirical terrain in which sport narratives may be (re)presented, mobilised and challenged. Sport organizational websites also offer ideal platforms to voice and disseminate sport history content to wider audiences. Drawing on the context of New Zealand’s participation in the Olympic movement, and the national Olympic Committee’s recent efforts to embrace historical thinking, we consider the confluence of oral and digital approaches. More widely, the paper examines how sport organizations might utilise oral histories and digital spaces to engage audiences more effectively with critical understanding of the past. To note, progressive shifts in museum and heritage studies have advocated ideological and institutional redirection, critical reflection and radical departures from traditional representational practices. In these processes, the promotion of oral histories have been identified as a key means to these ends (notably, in re-orientating the construction of historical narrative and democratising knowledge ownership). While sport historians have echoed this ethos, sport organizations have been slower to realise connections between oral history, narrative making and public heritage praxis. Presenting vignettes constructed from interviews with sport participants, this paper considers these intersections and possibilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Critical museology, heritage studies, digital history, New Zealand, Olympic
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums. Collectors and collecting
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 09:22 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 09:49 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoffery Z.:
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year