Towards a critical sport heritage: implications for sport tourism

Ramshaw, Gregory and Gammon, Sean James orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5053-8763 (2016) Towards a critical sport heritage: implications for sport tourism. Journal of Sport and Tourism, 21 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1477-5085

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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, More than just Nostalgia? Exploring the heritage/sport tourism nexus. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 10(4), 229–241], 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.

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