Pioneering exploration of a relatively unknown landscape for the sports historian

    Being a sport historian with football on his mind and a literary studies background, Daniel Alsarve was delighted to have been offered to review Football in Fiction: A History by Lee McGowan (Routledge). With an empirical foundation of about 500 literary texts, McGowan has something to say on the subject. Finding much to appreciate in the book, our reviewer nonetheless looks forward to new studies in the field, preferably with a narrower focus.

    Två nya praktverk om Dalaishockeyns historia

    Tobias Stark har läst två nya hockeyhistoriska guldkorn, Leksands IF 100 år: En kavalkad i ord och bild av Elin Broman, Lars Ingels, Gunnar Persson, som också är bokens redaktör, och Ronnie Rönnkvist, samt Lars Ingels De kanadensiska bombflygarna och Leksands IF, båda utgivna av Idrottsförlaget. Trots vissa anmärkningar tycker vår recensent att böckerna, var på sitt sätt, är exemplariska idrottshistoriska verk.

    Thick ethnographic descriptions abound, paucity of critical feminist thinkers

    In A Performative Feel for the Game: How Meaningful Sports Shape Gender, Bodies, and Social Life (Palgrave Macmillan), author Trygve B. Broch investigates how the meaning of sport intersects with gender, disputing causal arguments made by key figures in the cultural studies tradition. ‘Diehard critical thinker’ Alan Bairner is not overly impressed by Broch’s analysis and understanding of the relationship between sport and society.

    Linghede challenges conventional sport studies, that’s why it’s essential reading for all sport scholars

    Eva Linghede’s disseration Glitch i Idrottslandet: En kritiskkreativ undersökning av queeranden inom svensk idrott(svetenskap) [Glitching sport (science): a criticalcreative inquiry of queerings in Swedish sport (science)] (Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences) poses some hard question and gives no easy answers. In her appreciative review, Anna Adlwarth concludes with an adjuration to all sport scholars to read the book.

    Initiated sports law review of the WADA Code and its advancement by the elite

    The contested issue of performance enhancement and anti-doping has given rise to a number of scholarly articles and books, one of the latest of which is The World Anti-Doping Code: Fit for Purpose? by Lovely Dasgupta (Routledge), in which the author argues that the WADA regulations have an elitist orientation. Our reviewer Anna Qvarfordt finds that, existing literature on the subject notwithstanding, Dasgupta broadens our knowledge of the effects of WADC.

    Världens bästa medeldistansare

    ”Under, under över alla under, länsman springer som den värsta Gunder”, skaldade Owe Törnqvist 1956 i ”På festplatsen”. Idag är Gunder Hägg inte en lika självklar referens i populärkulturen, om nu inte Lundahistorikern Björn Lundbergs Frontlöparen: Gunder Hägg – hans uppgång och fall (Historiska Media) kan väcka förnyat intresse för denne löpargigant. Enligt vår recensent Björn Horgby är det i alla händelser en mycket läsvänlig och läsvärd biografi som Lundberg skrivit.

    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.

    Football in the time of corona

    Philosophical aspects and understandings of association football have been the subject of a few books lately. Stephen Mumford’s Football: The Philosophy Behind the Game (Polity Press) adds an aesthetic dimension to the philosophical gaze, as is his want. Kutte Jönsson reads Mumford’s book in light of the Covid-19 pandemic – It’s hard to do otherwise these days, but this does not reflect badly on the book, on the contrary.

    Local History at its Best: Boston and the Cycle

    Social psychologist, long-time bicycle rider and activist Lorenz Finison has studied the bicycle in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Duncan Jamieson reviews two volumes by Finison, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880–1900: A story of race, sport and society and Boston's Twentieth-Century Bicycling Renaissance: Cultural Change on Two Wheels (both University of Massachusetts Press).

    Overheating and ethics in the sport industry

    While appreciating parts of Otto Kadence’s Applied Ethics for Sport Managers (Carolina Academic Press), our reviewer remains unconvinced by her insistence that sport is business and industry and that there needs to be applied ethics specifically for sport managers. But the core of his reservations about Otto’s pre-pandemic book is the absence of an ecological perspective, a paucity that is all the more obvious and regrettable post-pandemic.
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