- Greg Ryan in collaboration swith Geoff Watson, Massey University
With Dr Geoff Watson, School of History, Philosophy and Classics, Massey University, Dr Greg Ryan is writing a general history of New Zealand sport – to be published by Auckland University Press in 2010. The book integrates sport with broader themes in the history of New Zealand society and will be suitable for both an academic audience and interested general readership.
As matters stand, an overall interpretation of the development and significance of sport in New Zealand is hindered by the narrow focus and dispersed nature of much of the existing scholarship. We will provide a synthesis of our own and other work with an emphasis on breadth of argument and interpretation rather than finer detail. In doing so, we will offer a sustained critique of many popular, and too many academic, assumptions surrounding New Zealand sport - especially its supposed egalitarianism and racial inclusiveness.