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.
”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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, Professor Emerita at University of Toronto, is an avid critic of various aspects of sports, including its gender and sexual politics, and the Olympic Games. Her latest book is Gender, Athletes’ Rights, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Emerald Publishing). Since it’s a book about law written by a sociologist, we asked a legal scholar, Mikael Hansson of University of Gothenburg, for a review.
Whether or not esports can be incorporated in the wider concept of traditional sports is a serious bone of contention among sport scholars which is touched upon in Ryan Rogers’ collected volume Understanding Esports: An Introduction to the Global Phenomenon (Lexington Books), though not as cleverly as in many previous works. And our reviewer Anne Tjønndal have other reservations as well, however some chapters do pass muster.
The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice by Lox, Martin Ginis, Gainforth and Petruzzelli (Routledge), now in its fifth revised edition, is a textbook for undergraduates with a number of useful pedagogical features which, according to our reviewer Peter Carlman, makes it particularly useful for developing exercise interventions, with significant and useful theories, models, and practical examples.
Widely published and award-winning American sociology professor emeritus, Christopher B. Doob has a new book with Routledge, Great Expectations: The Sociology of Survival and Success in Organized Team Sports. We asked Anders Östnäs, Lund University, to read Doob’s book and present us with a review. Our reviewer regrets the paucity of sociological theory while enjoying the narrative that came in its place.