Krüger, Arnd 1944-

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KRÜGER, Arnd 1944-

PERSONAL: Listed in some sources as Krueger; born July 1, 1944, in Muehlhausen, Germany; son of Walter (an owner and director of a textile mill) and Minna (an accountant; maiden name, Rose) Krüger; married Barbara Weber, November 11, 1972; children: Julius, Myrthe, Noah. Ethnicity: "German." Education: Attended University of Mainz; University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, B.A., 1967; University of Cologne, Ph.D., 1971. Politics: "Liberal (FDP)." Religion: Lutheran. Hobbies and other interests: Running, cycling.

ADDRESSES: Home—3 Im Hacketal, Waake 37136, Germany. Office—University of Göttingen, 2 Sprangerweg, Göttingen 37075, Germany; fax: +49-551-395641. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: German Sports Federation, Frankfurt, Germany, managing editor, 1971-74; Berlin Teachers Training College, Berlin, Germany, university assistant, 1976-78; University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, associate professor, 1978-80; University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, professor and department head, 1980—, and dean of School of Social Science. European Committee for Sport History, chair, 1995-97.

MEMBER: AAKPE (fellow), CESH (fellow), FIEP (member of board of directors), Lower Saxony Institute of Sport History (president), Willbald Gebhardt Institute for Sport and Society (president and member of research council).

AWARDS, HONORS: Eleven German national track-and-field championships.


Sport und Politik, Fackeltraeger, 1975.

Sport und Gesellschaft, Tischler (Berlin, West Germany), 1981.

(Editor, with John Marshall Carter) Ritual and Record: Sports Records and Quantification in Pre-Modern Societies, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1990.

(Editor, with James Riordan) The Story of Worker Sport, Human Kinetics (Champaign, IL), 1996.

(Editor, with James Riordan) The International Politics of Sport in the Twentieth Century, Routledge (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor, with William Murray)The Nazi Olympics: Sport, Politics, and Appeasement in the 1930s, University of Illinois Press (Champaign, IL), 2003.

Author of more than fifteen other books. Contributor of about 300 articles to scholarly journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Tough As Krupp Steel.

SIDELIGHTS: Arnd Krüger once told CA: "Too few people realize the social and political role of sports. More persons can be reached through sports than through any single other medium. After a long and relatively successful career as a middle-distance runner (from a world-record-breaking relay at the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, to semifinals for the Olympic Games, and fifteen years on and off as German champion, 1962-76), I have learned that too few writers are actually aware of what is going on in the world of sports. In my books and learned papers I have shifted from regarding sport as a social and political phenomenon to seeing it as a cultural one, deemphasizing somewhat the political use made of sport and putting more emphasis on the cultural distinguishing features of sport itself. This has changed the scope of sport as I look at it; it now includes a number of other bodily activities such as nudism, naturism, physical therapy, et cetera. The shift can also be seen in my practical work, in which I am now less active in preparing physical educators and coaches and more active in preparing sports journalists and sport managers."