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    Sport Scholar Profile | Russell Holden, Southampton Solent University

    Position Director, In the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy Associate lecturer, Southampton Solent University Contact Home page: In the Zone E-mail Russell tweets as @russinthezone Research  interest The...

    Highly stimulating grand sweep of history from Rhodes to Richards

    The edited collection Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910–1971: From Union to Isolation by Bruce Murray, Richard Parry & Jonty Winch (Palgrave Macmillan) is a fascinating exposé of the role of cricket in the checkered twentieth century history of South Africa. In his review, our resident cricket aficionado Russell Holden is obviously both impressed and delighted.

    Ground-breaking and inspiring study of women’s cricket in history and today

    Rafaelle Nicholson’s Ladies and Lords: A History of Women’s Cricket in Britain (Peter Lang) offers the first ever academic study of the history of women’s cricket in Britain. Our resident cricket expert is Russell Holden, and he is thoroughly appreciative of Nicholson’s effort, which provides a vital contribution to the existing literature on cricket, but equally has much to offer those in engaged with sport history, sport sociology and leisure studies.

    Probing the legacy of one of the most influential sports books of all time

    Fifty-five years after the original publication of C. L. R. James’s influential work comes Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary, edited by David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsbjerg & Andrew Smith (Duke University Press). Our appreciative reviewer Russell Holden suggests that the two volumes will benefit from being read as companions.

    This book performs a vital service for critical sport scholars

    “As manna from heaven”; that is one way of describing the arrival to the book stores of Sport, Protest and Globalisation: Stopping Play edited by Jon Dart and Stephen Wagg (Palgrave Macmillan). Our reviewer is Russell Holden, and besides noting a couple of omissions, he is thoroughly pleased, nay, enthusiastic over this anthology and its critical stance in relation to sports.

    Insightful, in-depth overview of the effects of neoliberalism on the governance and management of...

    The edited volume Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (Temple University Press), compiled by David L. Andrews and Michail L. Silk, takes a critical stance on neoliberalism as a dominant organizing mechanism, in society and in sports. Our reviewer Russell Holden has but few reservations to this vital and useful analysis of modern sports.

    Sport for development and change through activism

    Russell Holden has read a new book by Gabriel Kuhn, Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports (PM Press). The full-color illustrations make this book an attractive buy, but Kuhn could have done better in the analyses; for instance, there are no women beyond cheerleading and roller derby.

    Introductory reader on sport and politics that has much to recommend it

    Capitalism and Sport: Politics, Protest, People and Play by Michael Lavalette (ed.) examines the relationship between capitalism and sport by exploring the tensions that exist within sport from two distinct perspectives: the politics of sport and the politics in sport. Russell Holden’s review highlights the good points as well as the drawbacks.

    Critical perspective on sports: Social, economic, race and gender inequalities

    We liked Russell Holden for Gamal Abdel-Shehid’s and Nathan Kalman-Lamb’s study of elite sports, Out of Left Field: Social Inequality and Sports, and his review is a knowledgeable run-through, scrutinising the basic theoretical underpinnings and analytical superstructure of the study.

    Dominic Malcolm on cricket: Seminal work of immense sociological and historical relevance

    We asked Russell Holden, who knows a thing or two about cricket, for a review of Dominic Malcolm’s latest work, Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity , and his informed reading finds “immense relevance”.
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