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Sydney’s stadiums debate shows sport might not be the political winner it once was

Less than two decades after Sydney hosted the Olympics, its sports infrastructure is back in the national consciousness. The New South Wales government has come in for heavy criticism over its plan to…

Endring, innovasjon og omstilling i idrett: sesjonsrapport fra NEON-konferansen

Årets NEON-konferanse (Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge) ble arrangert av Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap ved Nord universitet, Bodø. Konferansen ble avholdt 21-23 november og årets tema var «Omstillingsprosesser: Smertefulle erfaringer eller kreative muligheter». Totalt…

Of bicycles and Bolsheviks

While cycling may well be the first modern sport in the sense of having become a full-fledged sport upon its invention, a group of cyclists shares responsibility for one of the biggest social…

Stop smiling, you are running!

‘Did you see that runner?’ I asked my daughter the other day. We were cycling home along a lakeside road that positively teemed with ‘physically active people,’ as the sociologists of sport put…

En spekulativ tekst om hopp i sprintlangrenn

Dagens mesterskapsprogram i langrenn har eksistert siden 2005. De fleste vil nok karakterisere det som en nokså kort tidsperiode, men det gjør ikke den gamle mester Vegard Ulvang, som leder FIS’ langrennskomité. For…

Svårt förutsäga
(skidåknings-)framtiden

Att sia om framtiden är svårt. Det finns otaliga exempel på hur människor i det förflutna försökt förutsäga framtiden. Under det teknikoptimistiska 1950-talet trodde exempelvis experter att helikoptern skulle bli ”var mans egendom”. Så blev det som bekant…

Brexit must include athletics

It’s the day after the closing ceremony of the infamous IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, and Britain is still a legitimate member of the global athletics community. Why? Why wasn’t UK Athletics…

When lost ‘Ladies’ matter, but an omitted ‘Women’s’ matters more

The recent decision by the Arsenal Football Club to rename its ‘Ladies’ team Arsenal Women’s Football Club (as in cricket, golf and tennis, ‘Ladies’ remains the preferred label for women’s games and institutions), and…

Rugby cuts show fragility of women’s place in sports marked ‘masculine’

After a weekend of English women’s sport success, the Rugby Football Union reminds us that the inroads to guy-space are fragile. The weekend of 22/23 July was a pretty good couple of days…

Samling vid pumpen

Nedan följer några kommentarer till regeringens pressmeddelande ”Samling för daglig rörelse”. Ur pressmeddelandet (1) Det råder fullständig samsyn om vikten av att barn och ungdomar ges goda möjligheter till fysisk aktivitet. Det är…

ISSA 2017 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

The International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) hosted this year’s World Congress of Sociology of Sport at the National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The conference took place from May 30th to…

Women’s boxing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Yesterday[i] the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the program for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The new Olympic program promises a more inclusive, youthful, urban and gender equal sporting…

Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV

Sport features heavily in the federal government’s long-anticipated Broadcast and Content Reform Package. The package demonstrates the deep connection between sport and TV, as well as the prominent place of sport in Australian…

Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency

Watching sport on TV may not exactly be a healthy activity, but it should at least do more good than harm. Yet viewers are exposed to all manner of advertising and promotional messages…

For cities, hosting major sporting events is a double-edged sword

Just as the publicity machine is cranking up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, new Australia-based bids have already been signalled to host the same event in the future. Shepparton…

I skjæringspunktet mellom sosiologi, idrett og samfunn: et sammendrag av norsk sosiologisk tidsskrifts temanummer SPORT

I anledning 50-års jubileet til International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) skrev professor David Rowe (Western Sydney University) flere tekster om idrettssosiologiens utvikling og beskrev hvordan sport har gått fra å være et…

Camus on ice

It’s springtime in Scandinavia when waterways are no longer covered with a thick layer of ice and a shortcut across a lake turns into an adrenaline-boosting sport. Last weekend, however, I still discovered…

Hva er vel ishockey uten taklinger?

Ishockey er en av de siste mannsbastionene innen idretten (Tjønndal, 2016a). I likhet med andre hyper-maskuline idretter som boksing og bryting er mannsdominansen stor både blant utøvere, dommere, trenere og ledere. I 2014…

Langrenn som lagidrett

I etterkant av femmila i VM i Lahti oppsto det i Norge en interessant diskusjon, både i tradisjonelle og sosiale medier. Mesterskapet må for norsk herrelangrenns del anses som bare delvis vellykket, ettersom…

Lydiard’s lost legacy

Fifty years ago this spring Arthur Lydiard set foot on Finnish soil as the most expensive coach in the history of Finnish athletics. According to contemporary observers, the descendants of Paavo Nurmi and other…

Fysisk aktivitet är bra för…?

Emellanåt kommer mer eller mindre högröstade propåer om mer idrott, rörelse och fysisk aktivitet (hädanefter endast benämnt som fysisk aktivitet) inom skolans ram. Utgångspunkterna är överlag följande: Fysisk aktivitet är allmänt nyttigt och…

Tack Oslo för OS

Vi har under åren sett hur OS har utvecklats och blivit mer och mer påkostat. Redan 1984 i Los Angeles fick vi se en man flyga under invigningsceremonin med allt vad det innebär…

Why letter-writing skiers should have remained illiterate

When I was young, cross-country skiers used to ski, and only after having retired, they might have picked up the pen and published an edifying memoir, guided of course by the invisible hand…

Jumping for Joy: An Innovation Perspective on Parkour

As of mid-January 2017, The United Kingdom has become the first nation to recognize Parkour as a sport. Parkour, also known as art du deplacement, or freerunning, originated in France during the late…

Australia needs to make sport a more equal playing field: here’s why

For an ostensibly fun-based activity, sport in Australia generates a good deal of anxiety. Questions like the following are often raised: Do enough people participate in it? Are they representative of the whole…

Vetenskapligt fredade zoner i lärarutbildning

En drivkraft som jag har i min forskning är en strävan efter sådan kunskap som kan vidareutveckla lärarutbildningen i idrott och hälsa. Motiven till att vilja vidareutveckla utbildningen är att idrott och hälsa-ämnet i…

Olympics or bust

The year 2016 will go down in history as the year when Finnish sports went bust. Traditionally, ‘sports’ and ‘Olympic sports’ have been synonymous in Finland, and sports-loving Finns have been able to…

Sambandet mellan fysisk aktivitet och stillasittande påminner om sambandet mellan generositet och egoism

Jag var alldeles nyligen handledare till två studenter som skrev om arbetslösa och deras stillasittande och fysiska aktivitet. Den fysiska aktiviteten har undersökts mycket och det finns en del undersökningar om vad alltför…

Till minne av Rolf Jonsson

Jag vill ta tillfället i akt och skriva några minnesord över Rolf Jonsson, som gick bort den 28/11 2016. Rolf arbetade på Högskolan Dalarna och var aktiv på idrottsforum.org. Rolf var lektor i sociologi och…

Idrottens förtvinande i trångsynta debatter

Den svenska idrottsmodellen bygger bland annat på det ideella. Grundtanken om idrotten är ofta att den är god, att den fostrar. Idrottsforskaren Jay Coakley går så långt att han menar att det finns…