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    Rich anthology about sports and human rights finds little support for idealistic views

    Jules Boykoff and Susan Brownell are among the renowned contributors to the award winning collection The Ideals of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights by Barbara J. Keys (University of Pennsylvania Press). Sports mega events feature heavily in the book, as do the UN, IOC, NGOs, Russia and China. Andreas Tullberg, human rights scholar at Lund University, is our reviewer, and he recommends the book as well written with a skeptical outlook.

    Great resource for (American) sports parents

    Having seen sports parents behave in many different ways, this editor is inclined to welcome a popular book on the subject, authored by a renowned sport psychologist. Jim Taylor’s Raising Young Athletes: Parenting Your Children to Victory in Sports and Life (Rowman & Littlefield) is a useful tool for sports parents, according to our reviewer Johan Fallby, although primarily within the American sports culture.

    Study shows the advantages of social media in sports communication

    Brandi Watkins’ Sport Teams, Fans, and Twitter: The Influence of Social Media on Relationships and Branding (Lexington Books) provides an in-depth examination of the use of Twitter as an effective tool to enhance and maintain the fan–team relationship. In her review, Lise Joern finds much to substantiate this claim; however, the pitfalls of social media marketing is not sufficiently scrutinized.

    The role of sport in society – in different contexts and at different levels

    In an edited volume by Danyel Reiche & Tamir Sorek, Sport. Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Hurst Publishers), ten contributors in as many chapters discuss the intersection of political and cultural processes related to sport in the region. Dan-Erik Andersson is pleased to find a book that shares his views on the role of sport in society, although he would have liked to see a commonality in the contributions beyond geographic locality.

    I overkant lettlest og generelt om Ståle Solbakken

    Den tidigare norske proffsspelaren och senare fotbollstränaren Ståle Solbakken – sedan 2013 tränare för F.C. København – porträtterar sig själv i boken Løvehjerte (Aschehoug), ”i samarbete” med de båda sportjournalisterna Peter Sloth, Danmark, och Knut Espen Svegaarden, Norge. Vår recensent Mads Skauges grundliga och kritiska läsning framhåller positiva inslag i boken, men menar att den missar flera önskvärda fördjupningar.

    Penetrating philosophical analysis of the beautiful game

    Steffen Borge, Professor of Philosophy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, considers the complex nature of football in his new book for Routledge, The Philosophy of Football. We asked Mats Franzén, who previously reviewed Gunter Gebauers Das Leben in 90 Minuten: Eine Philosophie des Fussballs for us, to read and review Borge’s book as well, and he finds that Borge’s erudite efforts deepens our understanding of football.

    Utmärkt introduktion till idrottens organisering i Norge

    Dag Vidar Hanstad, professor i sport management vid Norges idrettshøgskole, har skrivit en lärobok om den norska idrottsmodellen, Organisasjon og lederskap i idretten (Fagboksforlaget). Marie Hedberg har läst boken för vår räkning, och i sin recension kan hon konstatera att det är fråga om en grundlig, grundläggande och därtill välskriven lärobok om idrottens organisering i Norge.

    An analytical view of the past to understand contemporary sports psychology

    In his new book, In Depth Sport Psychology: Reclaiming the Lost Soul of the Athlete (Routledge), David Burston relates classic mythology and the Greek sports academies to the contemporary sporting climate to consider the roots of play and, by way of Jungian depth psychology, attempts to develop a new kind of sport psychology. Urban Johnson is our reviewer, and he finds Burston readable as well as demanding and challenging.

    Bill Sund om makt och dopning inom cykelsporten – ”ett standardverk”

    Den internationella cykelsporten har under lång tid uppvisat ett utbrett bruk av otillåtna prestationshöjande medel. Kampen mot dopning inom svensk cykling avhandlas i Bill Sunds senaste bok Makt och antidoping: Den svenska cykelsportens kamp i ett modernhistoriskt och internationellt perspektiv (Bokförlaget idrottsforum.org). Vår recensent Anders Östnäs menar att Sund med sin bok har försett forskningen med ett standardverk på området.

    Underhållande och lärorik baskethistorik, men man saknar kopplingen till resten av samhället

    Var det verkligen under 1970-talet, mer än under något annat decennium, som amerikansk basket inom NBA utvecklades och fann sin form? Det hävdar nämligen Adam J. Criblez i boken Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, & the Birth of the Modern NBA (Rowman & Littlefield). Vår recensent Hans Bolling, som läste boken med nöje, undrar över detta, liksom över vissa andra saker som saknar stöd i en utvecklad historisk analys.
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