Sport and Recreation in Canadian History
BookServing as a foundation for critical discussion about the importance of the past, Sport and Recreation in Canadian History covers the historical events, people, and moments that shape Canadian sport in the present and future. This text is unique in its focus on grassroots competition and local sport history across the country—representing the masses rather than just national champions. This approach encourages readers to think about sport history in their own local contexts and demonstrates how local sports have made Canadian sport what it is today.
The editor, Dr. Carly Adams, and her 17 contributing experts from across Canada bring the latest research in all areas of Canadian sport history to life and present a thorough look at the nation’s past events. The text challenges the dominant narratives and encourages students to think critically about Canadian sport history. It focuses on the entire country and on the influence that key moments in smaller regions had on the larger sport historical picture in Canada. Each chapter provides a historical scaffolding that leads into philosophical discussions about the issues raised. The content is compelling, effective, and accessible for readers.
Sport and Recreation in Canadian History separates itself from its competitors by providing an abundance of pedagogical aids. Sidebars highlighting prominent people provide glimpses of figures who made a significant impact on Canadian sport history. Transformative Moment sidebars focus on significant events as they relate to specific themes, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability. A comprehensive time line showcases where important events fell in relation to one another. Examples of primary source documents—such as newspaper articles, photographs, and historical documents—are accompanied by explanations of how sport historians work with these documents.
Sport and Recreation in Canadian History asks readers to think differently about the history of Canadian sport, and it examines how past people, moments, and events continue to shape 21st-century sport.
AudienceUndergraduate students studying sport history in physical education, kinesiology, or human kinetics programs across Canada. A reference for academic libraries and sport studies researchers.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Why the History of Sport and Recreation Matters
Chapter 2. Methods and Theory in Historical Research
Sarah Barnes and Mary Louise Adams
Chapter 3. Indigenous Peoples’ Cultures and Physical Activity
Braden Te Hiwi
Chapter 4. Case Studies of Indigenous Sport in Canada
Chapter 5. Colonial Encounters, Conservation, and Sport Hunting in Banff National Park
Courtney W. Mason
Chapter 6. The Impact of Industrialization on Sport, Recreation, and the Environment
Robert Kossuth and Dave McMurray
Chapter 7. Ideological Struggles and the Emergence of Cricket, Lacrosse, and Baseball
Chapter 8. The Development and Organization of Professional Sport in Canada
Chapter 9. Hockey, Identity, and Nationhood
Russell Field, Michel Vigneault, and Carly Adams
Chapter 10. Rereading Histories of Inclusive Recreation, Physical Education, and Sport
Danielle Peers and Lisa Tink
Chapter 11. Black Canadian Sporting Histories in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Ornella Nzindukiyimana and Kevin B. Wamsley
Chapter 12. The Cultural Importance of the Media
Stacy Lorenz and Jay Scherer
Chapter 13. The Assertion of Canada’s Colonial Self in National and International Sport
Christine M. O'Bonsawin
Chapter 14. At Home and Abroad: Canada’s Engagement With International Sport and Recreation
Chapter 15. Towards a Future in Canadian Sport History
About the EditorCarly Adams, PhD, is a Board of Governors research chair (Tier II), an associate professor in the department of kinesiology, and a founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge, where she has taught sport history courses over the past 12 years. As a social historian and an advocate for oral history, she explores community, resiliency, and gender in her research, with a focus on sport, recreation, and leisure experiences.
Adams is author of Queens of the Ice, a book about the Preston Rivulettes women's hockey team from the 1930s, and coeditor (with Murray Phillips and Doug Booth) of the Routledge Handbook of Sport History. She is the editor of Sport History Review. She is also the coleader (with Darren J. Aoki) of Nikkei Memory Capture Project. Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant, it is a community-based oral history project exploring the histories of Japanese Canadians in postwar southern Alberta.