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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.

All men must surf

Kalle Jonasson returns to the pages of idrottsforum.org with a perspicacious review of Belinda Wheaton’s 2013 book The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports (Routledge). Jonasson’s critical scrutiny exposes some weaknesses in Wheaton’s analysis, however without deflecting from obvious merits of her theoretically fine-tuned and methodologically precise scholarly writing.

Two text books on the sociology of sport that probably work best together

In this original review for idrottsforum.org, Jay Coakley takes on two introductory textbooks in the sociology of sport, Sport Sociology by Peter Craig and Sport and Society, edited by Barrie Houlihan & Dominic Malcolm (both Sage Publications). His critical analysis from the point of view of the academic teacher leads him to a well-argued conclusions that will be rewarding reading for teachers as well as for the respective author/editors.

Comprehensive collection, with the usual suspects and some bright spots

In his knowledgeable review of A Companion to Sport, edited by David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington, Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University, finds that the volume offers something for everybody, if not everything for all.

Kritisk idrottssociologi

Åke Nilsén Högskolan i Halmstad IDROTT SOM KULTURELLT fenomen framstår som det moderna samhällets kanske mest framgångsrika projekt. Spridningen är global och dess samhällsekonomiska betydelse kan knappast överskattas. En sådan viktig samhällsposition som idrotten…