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

Background

Professor Booth began teaching in the social history of sports in 1994 before moving to the University of Waikato as a Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies in 2004. In 2007 he returned to the University of Otago to take up the position of Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences. In 2018 he became Professor Emeritus.

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.

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. His current research focuses on the historiography of sport history.

Postgraduate Students

Graduates

  • Bethany Geckle: Queer World Making: Destabilizing Heteronormativity Through Skateboarding (2021)
  • Sebastian Potgieter: (Re)Presenting 1981: Narrating the Springbok Tour (2020)
  • 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 KoheMaking 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 HokowhituTe 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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Edited Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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