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doug_boothProfessor and Dean
BSc(Hons)(Melb), MSocSci(Natal), PhD(Macquarie)
Tel 64 3 479 8995
Email doug.booth@otago.ac.nz

Background

Professor Booth began his academic career in the mid-1980s in the Development Studies Unit at the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) as a postgraduate student and researcher. During the course of his research into politics of economic underdevelopment under apartheid, Douglas became interested in the sports boycott of South Africa which led him to research the social meaning of sports. In 1993 Douglas completed his PhD in the Politics Department at Macquarie University (Sydney) under the supervision of Colin Tatz, which traced the history of the sports boycott in South Africa. Douglas began lecturing in the social history of sports at the School of Physical Education in 1994, where he worked with John Loy, before moving to the University of Waikato as a Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies in 2004. In mid-2006 Douglas was appointed Chair of the Sport and Leisure Studies Department at Waikato until November 2007, when he returned to Otago University to take up the position as Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Professor Booth is an executive member of the Australian Society for Sports History and serves on the editorial boards of Rethinking History, Journal of Sport History, Sport History Review and Sporting Traditions.

Teaching

Research

Professor Booth's research primarily focuses on political and cultural aspects of sport. Within this broad framework he has examined racism in South African sport, the politics of the olympic movement, the cultures of surfing and surf lifesaving, and the nature of extreme sport. In recent years he has turned his attention to the historiography of sport history.

Postgraduate Students

Current Students

  • Renee Wikaire, Engaging Māori in Water Safety Education

Graduates

  • Anita Harman: Guilt, Women and Exercise (2014)
  • Fiona McLachlan: Pool Space: A Deconstruction and Reconfiguration of Public Swimming Pools (2012)
  • Katie Fitzpatrick: Stop Playing Up! Youth, Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Health and Physical Education (2010)
  • Geoff Kohe: Making it Ordinary: An Unexceptional History of the New Zealand Olympic Council and Sporting Ideals in the Dominion, c.1892-1936 (2010)
  • Holly Thorpe: Boarders, Babes and Bad Asses: Theories of Female Physical Youth Cultures (2007)
  • Brendan Hokowhitu: Te Mana Maori – Te Tatari I Nga Korero Parau (2002)
  • Annemarie Jutel: Visions of Vice: Appearance and Policy in Feminine Body Image (2000)

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Publications

Booth, D. (2016). Origins in history and historiography: A case study of the first swimmer at Bondi Beach. Journal of Sport History, 43(1), 21-36. doi: 10.5406/jsporthistory.43.1.21

Booth, D. (2015). The myth of Bondi's Black Sunday. Geographical Research, 53(4), 370-378. doi: 10.1111/1745-5871.12138

Booth, D. (2015). Bruce Kidd, sport history, and social emancipation. In R. Field (Ed.), Playing for change: The continuing struggle for sport and recreation. (pp. 407-436). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Booth, D. (2014). Invitation to historians: The historiographical turn of a practicing (sport) historian. Rethinking History, 18(4), 583-598. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2014.893659

Booth, D. (2013). Constructing knowledge: Histories of modern sport. In D. L. Andrews & B. Carrington (Eds.), A companion to sport. (pp. 23-40). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118325261.ch1

Authored Book - Research

Booth, D. (2011). Surfing: The ultimate guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 155p.

Booth, D. G. (2001). Australian Beach Cultures: The History of Sun, Sand and Surf. London: Frank Cass, 260p.

Booth, D. G., & Tatz, C. (2000). One-Eyed: A View of Australian Sport. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 268p.

Booth, D. G. (1998). The Race Game: Politics and Sport in South Africa. London: Frank Cass, 250p.

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Edited Book - Research

Booth, D., & Thorpe, H. (Eds.). (2007). Berkshire encyclopedia of extreme sports. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire, 450p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Booth, D. (2015). Bruce Kidd, sport history, and social emancipation. In R. Field (Ed.), Playing for change: The continuing struggle for sport and recreation. (pp. 407-436). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Booth, D. (2013). Constructing knowledge: Histories of modern sport. In D. L. Andrews & B. Carrington (Eds.), A companion to sport. (pp. 23-40). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118325261.ch1

Booth, D. (2011). Beach sports. In S. Georgakis & K. Russell (Eds.), Youth sport in Australia. (pp. 149-163). Sydney University Press.

Booth, D. (2010). Theory. In S. W. Pope & J. Nauright (Eds.), Routledge companion to sports history. (pp. 12-33). London: Routledge.

Booth, D. (2007). Sport historiography in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Playing with the past. In C. Collins & S. Jackson (Eds.), Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. (2nd ed.) (pp. 51-77). Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

Booth, D. (2006). Managing pleasure and discipline: Clubbies. In E. Jaggard (Ed.), Between the flags: One hundred summers of Australian surf lifesaving. (pp. 75-106). Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Booth, D. (2016). Origins in history and historiography: A case study of the first swimmer at Bondi Beach. Journal of Sport History, 43(1), 21-36. doi: 10.5406/jsporthistory.43.1.21

Booth, D. (2016). Bondi's Big Rock: Explanations and representations in coastal geomorphology. Geographical Research, 54(4), 357-364. doi: 10.1111/1745-5871.12194

Booth, D. (2015). The myth of Bondi's Black Sunday. Geographical Research, 53(4), 370-378. doi: 10.1111/1745-5871.12138

Booth, D. (2014). Invitation to historians: The historiographical turn of a practicing (sport) historian. Rethinking History, 18(4), 583-598. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2014.893659

Booth, D. (2013). Narrative form: Understanding representations of olympic pasts. Olympika, XXII, 91-112.

Booth, D. (2013). Remembering Smithells: Past, present, future. Quest, 65(4), 394-411. doi: 10.1080/00336297.2013.773535

Booth, D. (2012). Seven (1 + 6) surfing stories: The practice of authoring. Rethinking History, 16(4), 565-585. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2012.697284

Booth, D. (2010). Beyond history: Racial emancipation and ethics in apartheid sport. Rethinking History, 14(4), 461-481. doi: 10.1080/13642529.2010.515803

Loy, J. W., McLachlan, F., & Booth, D. (2009). Connotations of female movement and meaning: The development of women's participation in the Olympic Games. Olympika, XVIII, 1-24.

Hardy, S., Loy, J., & Booth, D. (2009). The material culture of sport: Toward a typology. Journal of Sport History, 36(1), 129-152.

Booth, D. (2009). Sport history and the seeds of a postmodern discourse. Rethinking History, 13(2), 153-174. doi: 10.1080/13642520902833791

Booth, D. (2009). Politics and pleasure: The philosophy of physical education revisited. Quest, 61(2), 133-153.

Booth, D. (2008). (Re)reading The surfers' bible: The affects of Tracks. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 22(1), 17-35. doi: 10.1080/10304310701676285

Booth, D. (2008). In-Between the flags: Reflections on a narrative of Surf Life Saving Australia. Rethinking History, 12(2), 165-187. doi: 10.1080/13642520802002125

Booth, D. (2006). Sites of truth or metaphors of power? Refiguring the archive. Sport in History, 26(1), 91-109. doi: 10.1080/17460260600661273

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