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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A Critical Assessment of John Hoberman's Histories of Drugs in Sport
Author(s): Dimeo, Paul
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Keywords: Sport
Doping in sports
Athletes drug use
Sports and state
Hoberman John
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Date Deposited: 2-Apr-2009
Citation: Dimeo P (2007) A Critical Assessment of John Hoberman's Histories of Drugs in Sport. Sport in History, 27 (2), pp. 318-342.
Abstract: John Hoberman has been one of the most prominent historians of doping and anti-doping in world sport. His writings span two decades and include two monographs: Mortal Engines (1992) and Testosterone Dreams (2005). This article focuses on those two books and offers three principal forms of criticism. Firstly, that Hoberman does not offer conceptual clarity on issues such as doping regulation/liberalization. Secondly, that a powerful implicit theme of nostalgia and even anti-modernity underlies his analyses, though that has changed over time. And thirdly, that his historical methodology is questionable. The conclusion of this review is that while he offers some powerful thought-provoking arguments, these are undermined by a lack of consistency, misleading interpretation and presentation of source material, and a failure to follow rigorous historiographic methods.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17460260701437128
Rights: Published in Sport in History by Routledge (of Taylor & Francis). This is an electronic version of an article published in Sport in History, Volume 27, Issue 2, June 2007, pp. 318 - 342. Sport in History is available online at:

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