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I am pleased to announce the publication of “Towards a critical sport heritage: implications for sport tourism” in the Journal of Sport & Tourism. This paper was authored by myself, Gregory Ramshaw of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University, and Sean Gammon of the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors at the University of Central Lancashire, and looks at the growing relationship between sport, heritage, and tourism. In particular, it reexamines Ramshaw and Gammon’s (2005) sport heritage typology, particularly given the immense changes in critical heritage studies research over the past decade. From the abstract:
This paper reflects upon the development and increased acceptance for heritage becoming a key component of sport tourism research. The original sport heritage typology, as posited by Ramshaw and Gammon (2005), is re-examined through a more critical lens, revealing additional dimensions that help augment its key components. More specifically, it is argued that future studies should consider the more intangible features of sport heritage, as well as acknowledging the expanding global nature of sport and its impact upon fandom. Also, the case is made for research to explore the dissonance inherent in much of sports heritage, as well as determining where the power lies in allocating and championing current sport heritages. Lastly, the more general implications to the field of sport tourism are offered with particular regard to motivation, place and consumption.
We hope that this paper helps to reframe our original sport heritage framework, noting both how this topic area has evolved as well as suggesting areas where sport heritage research ought to go.
There are a limited number of free downloads of this paper available here. We hope that it helps take sport heritage research in some new and exciting directions.
The full issue of the special “Sport Heritage and Tourism” edition of the Journal of Heritage Tourism is now available on-line and in print. I am thrilled with the breadth and depth of the contributions, and I truly believe that this collection moves the sport heritage debate in some new and exciting directions.
To recap, here is the full rundown of the papers and contributors:
- Editorial: Sport, Heritage, and Tourism – Gregory Ramshaw, Clemson University
- It Still Goes On: Football and the Heritage of the Great War in Britain – Ross Wilson, University of Chichester
- Indigenous Sport and Heritage: Cherbourg’s Ration Shed Museum – Murray Phillips, University of Queensland, Gary Osmond, University of Queensland & Sandra Morgan, Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group
- Identity in the “Road Racing Capital of the World”: Heritage, Geography and Contested Spaces – Ray Moore, University of York, Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage & Claire Corkill, University of York
- Heroes as Heritage: The Commoditization of Sporting Achievement – Sean Gammon, University of Central Lancashire
- A Canterbury Tale: Imaginative Genealogies and Existential Heritage Tourism at the St. Lawrence Ground – Gregory Ramshaw, Clemson University
A heartfelt thanks to all who played a role in the issue’s production: contributors, reviewers, grad assistants, and production staff, to name but a few. Also a huge thanks to the journal’s editor, Dr. Dallen Timothy, for his support throughout.