2016

‘Playing within the rules’ – Power, the sporting superstar and the culture of sport

British sport is imbued with a strong ethic of ‘fair play’. The concept of amateurism promoted ‘pure’ sport, played for its own sake, unadulterated by commercial influences. But for all their amateur bluster…

Missing the point over burkinis, breastfeeding and the myths of testosterone

The northern summer of 2016 was marked by some unexpectedly intense politics. Summer is not usually a time for ontological debate, but this past summer two policy decisions and the subsequent news and…

En lovsång till idrottsforum.org

idrottsforum.org introducerade mig i den idrottsvetenskapliga världen. Den idrottsvetenskapliga miljön, där idrottsforum.org var central, inspirerade och utmanade mig, och jag gjorde ett vägval som innebar att jag ändrade avhandlingsområde och skrev en helt…

The anti-gay games must not go on!

As the American academic Maylon Hanold demonstrates in her daring contribution to Endurance Running, a set of essays recently reviewed on idrottsforum.org, the discrimination of gay athletes is certainly not a thing of…

Refugees and the absence of fun make for Olympian sadness, with a hint of anger

As we near the end of the first week of that biennial orgy of corporate delight known b(u)y many as the Olympic Games I’m left wondering, as so often happens around this time,…

Keeping Score: The Sociology of Sport and Media

For many years, sociologists mostly shied away from analysing sport in much the same way as they avoided any deep engagement with other forms of popular culture such as television. Everyday pleasures, it…

Rotten Russkies vs. noble Norwegians

Contrary to conventional wisdom, today’s Russia-bashing in sport is not a replay of Cold War animosities. Or, to put it otherwise, the furor over Russian athletes’ apparently liberal use of performance-enhancing substances is…

Medaljer som empiri?

Vad berättar (inte) medaljer om idrottskulturer? Vissa medaljer lyfter i bilden fram den geografiska platsen (landet/staden), så är fallet gällande de två danska loppen i Roskilde och Köpenhamn. På dessa två medaljer framgår också…

51st World Congress of Sociology of Sport – Sports, Global Development and Social Change

This week The International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) hosted the 51st World Congress of Sociology of Sport at the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest, Hungary. The conference spanned over four days,…

Euro 2016: Why British football fans ought to support the French strikers

Following the terrorist atrocities in Paris on the 13th November 2015 I quickly resolved to attend the European Championships as planned (many thanks Matt and Pierre). I realise there is an element of…