2017

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…

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(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…