Thompson Rivers University

Douglas Booth

Name: Dr Douglas Booth
Position: Dean
Phone: 250 852 7138


Politics of sport
Sporting cultures
Race and sport
Extreme sports
Nature sports
History and historiography of sport

Research Interests

Doug is an active researcher. His background is in the history, sociology and politics of sport and he has worked with two of the leading scholars in these fields, Colin Tatz and John Loy. His major publications include The Race Game: Sport and Politics in South Africa (1998), Australian Beach Cultures: The History of Sun, Sand and Surf (2001), The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History (2005), and Bondi Beach: Representations of an Iconic Australian (2021). He has a longstanding interest in the beach as a site of physical culture, and as an intersection between nature and culture and the ways that scholars represent this intersection today and in the past.

Students wishing to work with Doug at Masters (or under certain conditions) PhD level, should contact him via email and include a statement of achievements and a brief proposal (around 1,000 words) setting out: 1) the question you seek to answer, 2) the significance of the question, and 3) the methods used to answer the question.


PhD, Macquarie University (Sydney)

MSocSci, University of Natal (Durban)

BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne



Douglas Booth, 'Mediating Contested Narratives of the Globalisation of Sport: The Case of Surfing', in Joseph Maguire, Mark Falcous and Kate Liston (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Globalization and Sport (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 363-384.

Douglas Booth, Bondi Beach: Representations of an Iconic Australian (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021),

Murray Phillips, Douglas Booth and Carly Adams, The Routledge Handbook of Sport History (Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2021),

Douglas Booth, 'Colin Tatz: Sports Criticism, History and a "Compulsion to Repair a Flawed World"', Sporting Traditions, 37, 1 (2020), 13-33.

Douglas Booth, 'Nature Sports: Ontology, Embodied Being, Politics', Annals of Leisure Research, 23, 1 (2020), 19-33.

Douglas Booth, 'Entangling Corporeal Matter and Geo Matter: Making and Remaking the Beach', in David Andrews, Holly Thorpe and Joshua Newman (eds), Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialism, Technologies, Ecologies (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020), 249-264.

Douglas Booth and Holly Thorpe, 'Form and Performance in Oral History (Narratives): Historiographical Insights from Surfing and Snowboarding', The International Journal of the History of Sport, 36, 13-14 (2019), 1136-1156.

Douglas Booth, 'Physical Culture and the Making and Preservation of Bondi Beach', The International Journal of the History of Sport, 36, 6 (2019), 570-591.

Douglas Booth, 'Living With the Beach: Representations of the Otago Coast', in Frances Steele (ed.), New Zealand and the Sea (Wellington: Brigitte Williams, 2018), 214-23 and 343-347.

Douglas Booth, 'The Political Economy of Surfing Culture: Production, Profit and Representation', in Andrew Eastman and Dexter Hough (eds), The Critical Surf Studies Reader (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017), 318-341.

Employment History

2019- Dean, Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism, Thompson Rivers University (Canada)

2018- Emeritus Professor and Professor School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago (New Zealand)

2008-2017 Dean, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago (New Zealand)

2004-2007, Professor, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Waikato (New Zealand)

1993-2003, Lecturer-Associate Professor, School of Physical Education, University of Otago (New Zealand)

Courses Taught

TMGT 4020 Graduate Seminar

Professional Affiliations

National Academy of Kinesiolgy, International Fellow

Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH), executive member

North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), member


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