Narrative, Biography, Prosopography and the Sport Historian: Historical Method and its Implications

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2173/250654
Title:
Narrative, Biography, Prosopography and the Sport Historian: Historical Method and its Implications
Authors:
Oldfield, Samantha-Jayne
Citation:
Oldfield, S. (2012). Narrative, Biography, Prosopography and the Sport Historian: Historical Method and its Implications. In D. Day (ed.) Sports and Coaching: Pasts and Futures (pp. 35-60). Manchester: MMU Institute for Performance Research, 2012
Publisher:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2173/250654
Additional Links:
http://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=793&deptid=17&catid=67&prodvarid=0
Abstract:
Historical research is a widely debated topic as historical knowledge is continually evolving and there is no definable recorded structure. The interpretational nature of the discipline highlights the tensions between ‘fact based’ analysis and the ‘fictional’ viewpoint which is at the heart of social science investigation. Contemporary narrative and biographical study has gained acclaim from a generation of academics who demonstrate the balance between empiricism and postmodernity by utilising facts to construct an accurate representation of the past, but, are sympathetic to the use of imagination within the discipline in order to extract the ‘narrative truth’. Biography has long been a respected source for historical inquiry, however, collective biography, or prosopography; the study of connections between individuals; has been judged as a lesser instrument due to its ambiguous nature and lack of socio-historic use. This paper will challenge deep-rooted views by discussing the influence of technological advancement on biographical exploration whilst considering the emerging phenomena of ‘collective biography’ and its implications within historical research.
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
978-1-905476-77-0

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dc.contributor.authorOldfield, Samantha-Jayneen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-31T14:34:44Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-31T14:34:44Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationOldfield, S. (2012). Narrative, Biography, Prosopography and the Sport Historian: Historical Method and its Implications. In D. Day (ed.) Sports and Coaching: Pasts and Futures (pp. 35-60). Manchester: MMU Institute for Performance Research, 2012en_GB
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-905476-77-0-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2173/250654-
dc.description.abstractHistorical research is a widely debated topic as historical knowledge is continually evolving and there is no definable recorded structure. The interpretational nature of the discipline highlights the tensions between ‘fact based’ analysis and the ‘fictional’ viewpoint which is at the heart of social science investigation. Contemporary narrative and biographical study has gained acclaim from a generation of academics who demonstrate the balance between empiricism and postmodernity by utilising facts to construct an accurate representation of the past, but, are sympathetic to the use of imagination within the discipline in order to extract the ‘narrative truth’. Biography has long been a respected source for historical inquiry, however, collective biography, or prosopography; the study of connections between individuals; has been judged as a lesser instrument due to its ambiguous nature and lack of socio-historic use. This paper will challenge deep-rooted views by discussing the influence of technological advancement on biographical exploration whilst considering the emerging phenomena of ‘collective biography’ and its implications within historical research.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherManchester Metropolitan Universityen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=793&deptid=17&catid=67&prodvarid=0en_GB
dc.titleNarrative, Biography, Prosopography and the Sport Historian: Historical Method and its Implicationsen
dc.typeBook chapteren
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