Book reviews

Women and sport from an American point of view

Every struggle for equality between men and women is hard fought, and at best ends with a victory hard-won. That this is true also in sports is amply demonstrated in Ellen Staurowsky’s edited volume Women and Sport: Continuing a Journey of Liberation and Celebration (Human Kinetics). Our reviewer is Anna Maria Hellborg.

Iceland in the world of élite sports – Viking heredity or modern-day smarts?

Iceland’s sporting successes of late, including being the smallest nation to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup, have prompted Vidar Halldorsson, an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Iceland, to attempt an explanation. His Sport in Iceland: How Small Nations Achieve International Success gets a mostly favorable review by Eivind Å. Skille.

“Green with Empathy”: A Review

Vybarr Cregan-Reid is a Reader in English and Environmental Humanities at the University of Kent, but he is also an ardent and intellectual runner, as witnessed by his book Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human (Ebury Press). Diane McManus is our reviewer, and she is obviously taken by Cregan-Reid’s poetic philosophy of running.

Mer än ett praktverk – välskriven och informativ ishockeyhistorik

Att hissa en hockeyspelares tröja efter avslutad karriär har blivit en viktig symbolhandling. Om detta fenomen skriver Lars Ingels i sin generöst illustrerade Tröjorna i taken: Hissade tröjor och pensionerade tröjnummer i SHL, Hockeyallsvenskan, Hockeyettan och NHL (Sportförlaget). Ingels’ bok recenseras här av hockeyforskarlegendaren Tobias Stark som är imponerad och förtjust.

Midnight Basketball – om relationen mellan ras, sport och neoliberalism i det urbana USA

I sin senast monografi Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy (University of Chicago Press) studerar Douglas Hartmann en social intervention i 1980- och 90-talens USA där unga svarta män erbjöds att spela basket runt midnatt. David Ekholm har läst med stort intresse, och skrivit en fullödig recension av boken.

Velskreven og opplysende redegjørelse for norsk fotballs oppgang og nedturer 

Norsk fotboll har fått ta några smällar sedan guldåldern på 1990-talet, då damerna vann ett EM och ett VM och herrarna gick till mästerskapsslutspel tre gånger. Vad hände sedan? Om det kan man läsa i Birger Løfaldlis journalistiskt rappa historik över i första hand norsk herrfotboll, Landslaget: Fra verdenstoppen til fotballens bakgård (Kagge Forlag), som recenseras av Arve Hjelseth.

To the Question of Methodology in Sociology of Sports

Russian sociology of sport has not really made itself known outside of Russia. idrottsforum.org wants to change that, and offers a review of Aleksandr Gonashvili’s Metodologicheskie osnovy sociologii sporta [Methodological Foundations of Sociology of Sport] by Snezhana Starovoitova. Both author and reviewer are master students i Saint Petersburg.

Fascinating study of an early bicycle enthusiast

The bicycle revolutionized everyday life in the second half of the 19th century. In his appreciative review of Jeremy Withers’ new book The War of the Wheels: H. G. Wells and the Bicycle (Syracuse University Press), Duncan Jamieson outlines the historical context in which H. G. Wells and many others were physically and geographically liberated by the two wheeled wonder.

Viktig studie som vidgar perspektivet på dansens roll och funktion inom skolämnet Idrott och hälsa

Torun Mattsson disputerade i slutet av november 2016 med avhandlingen Expressiva dansuppdrag: Utmanande läruppgifter i ämnet idrott och hälsa (Bokförlaget idrottsforum.org. Vår recensent Britt-Marie Styrke, Umeå universitet, uppskattar avhandlingen, som hon anser tillför nya didaktiska perspektiv till dansundervisningen i skolan.

Leading sport and media scholars unearth the mediatization of sport mega-events

Lawrence A. Wenner and Andrew C. Billings have gathered leading scholars in the field of sport media studies for their edited volume Sport, Media and Mega-Events (Routledge), in which each contribution takes stock of a mega-event in terms of the level of mediatization. Henk Erik Meier is our knowledgeable reviewer, and he’s impressed.