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    Closing report from a network of sport historians

    The chapters in Sporting Cultures: Global Perspectives (MMU Sport and Leisure History) arose from the 4th International Colloquium for Sport History held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, in spring 2018. The collection is edited by Nick Piercey & Samantha-Jayne Oldfield, and it is reviewed here by Swedish sport historian Björn Sandahl. Our reviewer finds that the collection successfully challenges traditional approaches to sport history.

    The exciting life and work of a Norwegian in the world of competitive rowing

    A slice of very important Norwegian sport history unfolds in Christopher Dodd’s latest book, Thor Nilsen: Rowing’s Global Coach (Independent Publishing Network). Nilsen seems largely unknown outside of the rowing community, which hopefully Dodd’s book, together with this review, written by Hear the Boat Sing editor Göran R. Buckhorn, will remedy. Our reviewer finds the book well-written and entertaining – which is true also of his own rich review.

    Blandet fornøjelse – gode og mindre gode norske indspark

    Nu finns läroböcker i idrottsvetenskap på alla skandinaviska majoritetsspråk; det senaste tillskottet är norska antologin Idrettsvitenskap: Perspektiver og praksis, sammanställd av Stig Arve Sæther (Universitetsforlaget). I den medverkar några av de främsta norska idrottsforskarna, samt därtill en svensk och en dansk. En annan dansk idrottsforskare tog på sig att recensera boken för idrottsforum.org, Ulrik Wagner, och från honom blev det både ris och ros.

    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.
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