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    The complexities of ownership in sport competently dealt with

    Contributions to Andrew Adams’ and Leigh Robinson’s edited volume Who Owns Sport (Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society) deal with the complex issue of ownership in sport from multiple disciplinary angles, including philosophy, history, political science and management. Mark Brooke is our reviewer, and he deems this slim volume essential reading for sport scholars.

    Excellent thesis that helps us understand the ways in which sport continues to be...

    In July 2012, Shannon Rose Smith earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Queen’s University with her thesis Marked Men: Sport and Masculinity in Victorian Popular Culture, 1866-1904. We stumbled across Matthew L. McDowell’s review, originally published online in 2013, and decided to reprint. This unpublished dissertation is obviously worth to be more widely known and read.

    En bok om kombinationen av elitidrott och skola på grundskolenivå utifrån nya teoretiska perspektiv

    Med en skolreform 2013 infördes särskilda idrottsklasser i den danska folkeskolen, och denna förändring blev föremål för omfattande forskning som nu avrapporteras i boken Talentudvikling og elitesport i skolen (Aarhus Universitetsforlag) av Jens Christian Nielsen och Jesper Stilling Olesen. Vi gav boken till Umeå-forskaren Magnus Ferry som läst den med stort intresse och funnit i den ny och värdefull kunskap om skola och idrott i kombination.

    Intelligent, theory-driven book about the role of football in contemporary society

    Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game (Rowman & Littlefield) is the latest book from Tamir Bar-On, a researcher and professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, in which he offers new and innovative ways to learn about political science and international relations. We asked Mattias Melkersson for a review, and he is really impressed.

    En fantastisk god og interessant bok i en viktig feministisk ramme

    Etnologerna och genusforskarna Karin S. Lindelöf och Annie Woube har studerat fenomenet tjejlopp från 1980-talet och fram till idag, vilket resulterat i boken I tjejers spår – för framtids segrar: Om tjejlopp och villkor för kvinnors motionsidrottande (Makadam Förlag). Norska sociologen, historikern och emeritan Gerd von der Lippe, med omfattande egna löperfarenheter av olika slag, är vår recensent.

    Great narratives and experimental methodologies successfully capture empirical, everyday experiences

    Jayne Caudwell & Darragh McGee’s edited volume Human Rights and Events, Leisure and Sport (Routledge) originated as a special issue of the Leisure Studies journal. In ten chapters, various mega events and other social phenomena are studied from the point of view of human rights. In his review, Lasse Frandsen takes a closer look at two instances, the Calais Jungle refugee camp and the São Paulo Pride 2017.

    Spretig antologi som framhåller dansens positiva värden

    I antologin Dance Education around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change, sammanställd av Charlotte Svendler Nielsen och Stephanie Burridge (Routledge), möts författare från hela världen för att reflektera, kommentera och dela sin expertis och sina erfarenheter. Vår recensent Torun Mattsson konstaterar att boken visar på nyttan av internationellt kunskapsutbyte, men att vissa kritiska perspektiv saknas.

    Marginalized in sport science research, but prevalent in sports itself – this book brings...

    While LGBTIQ people are far more accepted in sport today than in the past, there still exists bigotry and marginalization. More knowledge is needed, and now provided in the form of Vikki Kranes edited volume Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport: Queer Inquiries (Routledge). It is reviewed here by our critique débutant Anna Adlwarth, and she finds much in this anthology to amend the paucity of theory and research in this field.

    Taking Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) to a new level

    Joy I. Butler passed away in September 2019. Mikael Londos remembers her by reviewing her seminal work from 2016, Playing Fair: Using student-invented games to prevent bullying, teach democracy, and promote social justice (Human Kinetics). In spite of taking issues with some aspects of her Teaching Games for Understanding model, our reviewer is happy to recommend Butler’s book to all PETE and PE teachers alike.

    Football fandom between traditionalism and modern consumerism

    Oliver Brooks’ ethnographic study of conflicting football fan cultures, Football, Fandom and Consumption (Routledge), builds on studies of three football clubs, Norwich City, MK Dons and Chelsea. The book is generously sprinkled with instructive quotes from football fans, much appreciated by our reviewer, Andy Fuller. Brooks’ study left him with a strong sense of having had his insights into contemporary UK fan cultures thoroughly enhanced.
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