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Ungdomsidrett som suksesshistorie og utfordring – rapport fra Ungdatakonferansen 2018

Ungdatakonferansen 2018 viste at ungdomsidretten står sterkere enn noen gang. Samtidig har idretten flere og sammenvevde utfordringer som det ikke umiddelbart er gitt hvordan man best kan imøtekomme.   Den årlige populærvitenskapelige Ungdatakonferansen…

Langrennssporten på villspor – utstyrsjaget som ekskluderer

Utstyrsjaget i langrenn gjør at barn og unge i familier med trang økonomi virker å utestenges fra skiklubbene. Langrennssporten virker å ha en mer homogen sosial profil enn den selv liker å snakke…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Becoming an Urban Runner in Brussels

Running a marathon has become something of an annual autumn event for me. To be able to run a marathon (and enjoy the experience of it) requires months of training and kilometers upon…

Beyond the gender boundary

As the (northern) summer of 2018 has drawn to a close, there has been extensive media discussion of women’s bodies – not that that is unusual: all manner of media platforms are sites…

Social Inclusion through Sport: Analyzing Effective Interventions and Policies to Tackle Social Exclusion

Session report from the 23rd annual congress of the European College of Sport Science held in Dublin, Ireland – July 4th – 7th 2018 The annual congress of the European College of Sport…

Angela Williamson’s sacking shows gulf between Cricket Australia’s words and deeds

Cricket Australia’s dismissal of a top Tasmanian cricketing official for “making offensive comments” has received enormous media attention in Australia and overseas. In its letter to terminate the employment of Public Policy and…

The World Cup that wasn’t

Make sure you are sitting safely and have sedatives at hand because this modest-looking post will expose the biggest fraud in the not-so-pristine history of global football business. The quadrennial extravaganza known as…

2018 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

Lausanne, Switzerland – the Olympic capital of the word and the region that is home to more than fifty international sport federations was the host of the 2018 World Congress of Sociology of…

Den sociale idrottsentreprenören

I går hade vi förmånen att lämna över en vänbok till Per Gerrevall, professor i pedagogik vid Linnéuniversitetet. Boken Att leda lärande består av tre teman: Leda lärande i akademi och utbildning Leda…

Is Russia worthy of hosting the World Cup?

  With the FIFA World Cup just days away, I have been chatting with people on my travels through central and northern Europe to gauge their opinions about Russia being the host. Several…

Bjørn Dæhlie’s bravest moment

Who is the mightiest of them all? The ultimate riddle deserves to be addressed right now, the day after the official closure of the 2017–18 skiing season (so far as yours truly is…

Moving away from pies and beers – healthy eating at sports stadia

Around the world, fans attend stadia in large numbers, paying to watch athletes take part in physical activity while sitting, eating and drinking for prolonged periods. In our chapter in Sport and Health:…

Can the Commonwealth Games change perceptions of the Gold Coast?

Just as the Australian men’s cricket ball-tampering scandal exhausts itself at last, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games appears, as if on cue, to fill the feelgood sporting void. These are, after all,…

In praise of skiing traditions

It has come to my knowledge that a Finnish male skier recently won a major race – in fact, an Olympic contest – in East Asia, not far from the gentle shores of…

2018 Winter Olympics set to begin against the backdrop of warm words and cold politics

Mega sporting events are always heavily infused with politics, but the impending Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have almost been buried in a geopolitical avalanche. Global tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and…

The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world

The small South Korean town of Pyeongchang, host of this year’s Winter Olympics, has suddenly become the epicentre of one of the most dangerous games in world politics. Amid escalating tensions over North…

Encouraging girls to stay in combat sports: ongoing inclusion initiatives in Norwegian boxing

The year 2017 saw a new ‘Girls Revolution’ in Norwegian Boxing. It all started in June, when Undisputed World Champion Cecilia Brækhus selected 18 girls and invited them to Kragerø to participate in…

Sydney’s stadiums debate shows sport might not be the political winner it once was

Less than two decades after Sydney hosted the Olympics, its sports infrastructure is back in the national consciousness. The New South Wales government has come in for heavy criticism over its plan to…

Endring, innovasjon og omstilling i idrett: sesjonsrapport fra NEON-konferansen

Årets NEON-konferanse (Nettverk for organisasjonsforskning i Norge) ble arrangert av Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap ved Nord universitet, Bodø. Konferansen ble avholdt 21-23 november og årets tema var «Omstillingsprosesser: Smertefulle erfaringer eller kreative muligheter». Totalt…

Of bicycles and Bolsheviks

While cycling may well be the first modern sport in the sense of having become a full-fledged sport upon its invention, a group of cyclists shares responsibility for one of the biggest social…

Stop smiling, you are running!

‘Did you see that runner?’ I asked my daughter the other day. We were cycling home along a lakeside road that positively teemed with ‘physically active people,’ as the sociologists of sport put…

En spekulativ tekst om hopp i sprintlangrenn

Dagens mesterskapsprogram i langrenn har eksistert siden 2005. De fleste vil nok karakterisere det som en nokså kort tidsperiode, men det gjør ikke den gamle mester Vegard Ulvang, som leder FIS’ langrennskomité. For…

Svårt förutsäga
(skidåknings-)framtiden

Att sia om framtiden är svårt. Det finns otaliga exempel på hur människor i det förflutna försökt förutsäga framtiden. Under det teknikoptimistiska 1950-talet trodde exempelvis experter att helikoptern skulle bli “var mans egendom”. Så blev det som bekant…

Brexit must include athletics

It’s the day after the closing ceremony of the infamous IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, and Britain is still a legitimate member of the global athletics community. Why? Why wasn’t UK Athletics…

When lost ‘Ladies’ matter, but an omitted ‘Women’s’ matters more

The recent decision by the Arsenal Football Club to rename its ‘Ladies’ team Arsenal Women’s Football Club (as in cricket, golf and tennis, ‘Ladies’ remains the preferred label for women’s games and institutions), and…

Rugby cuts show fragility of women’s place in sports marked ‘masculine’

After a weekend of English women’s sport success, the Rugby Football Union reminds us that the inroads to guy-space are fragile. The weekend of 22/23 July was a pretty good couple of days…

Samling vid pumpen

Nedan följer några kommentarer till regeringens pressmeddelande ”Samling för daglig rörelse”. Ur pressmeddelandet (1) Det råder fullständig samsyn om vikten av att barn och ungdomar ges goda möjligheter till fysisk aktivitet. Det är…

ISSA 2017 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

The International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) hosted this year’s World Congress of Sociology of Sport at the National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The conference took place from May 30th to…

Women’s boxing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Yesterday[i] the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the program for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The new Olympic program promises a more inclusive, youthful, urban and gender equal sporting…

Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV

Sport features heavily in the federal government’s long-anticipated Broadcast and Content Reform Package. The package demonstrates the deep connection between sport and TV, as well as the prominent place of sport in Australian…