Malcolm MacLean

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…

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,…

Trolling, Just Not Sports and the failure of governance

On several occasions this week a film has edged its way into one of my networked media feeds, and on one occasion into the legacy world of hard copy print media. This short…

Doing history in the mainstream: challenging the neo-liberal university

For the second successive year I have spent a late February weekend at the International Sports and Leisure History Colloquium at Manchester Metropolitan University. What’s more, I have been again as a civilian…

Marketisation and the academy’s role in sport’s moral crisis

There are few who could doubt that élite competitive sport and its institutions are in a state of moral crisis. Most obviously, we have corruption scandals in FIFA where many of its international…

Swings and roundabouts: sports news, social media and social justice struggles

It’s be a win-some-(maybe)lose-some time for social justice politics in sport during the last few days of July. The week started out really well for those of us who value social justice; not…

FIFA, Men’s World Cups, boycotts and integrity: public secrets and moral claims among football’s preening élite

The first week of June 2015 turned out to be a busy time for those of us who feel a need to pay attention to the shenanigans and machinations, twists, turns and twirls…

FIFA, funding and research integrity: should sport scholars take their money?

In a sharp but ultimately comradely 2013 exchange of letters, filtered through Russian prison censors, Pussy Riot member, activist in the art collective Voina and former philosophy student Nadezhda Tolokonnikova took Slovenian philosopher…

Washing instructions: banter, misogyny and low intensity conflict

In the wake of International Women’s Day (I am enough of an old lefty to lament the disappearance of ‘Working’ from the name, but that seems to be a lost cause), it seems…

It’s time to step up: Mike Marqusee, and continuing contending for the living

The anthropologist Michael Agar once described his research practice – classic participant observation – as living the life of a professional stranger, living within a community but never quite part of it, or…