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Subjecting pandemic sport to a sociological procedure

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This blog post is the accepted version of an article I’ve just published in Journal of Sociology, very close to the published version. The...

Australasia will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What’s not to like?

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Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand have won the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the middle of a global pandemic, sport...

What if….. planning sport emphasised pleasure? Rethinking sport in Covid-land

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We are living in strange times (it's late May 2020), times that can become circumstances to fantasize about the way it might be in...

Play(ing) back to sport: rethinking games in Covid-world

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It's mid-May. Much that we know about our world is disrupted by a virus that mutated from one that was relatively successfully contained geographically...

All sport is global: A hard lesson from the pandemic

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There is a common saying that all politics is local. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we should invent a new one: all...

När corona gör sport till e-sport

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Barn rör sig för lite. Barn sitter stilla för mycket. Vi har alla hört det. Intresset för att barn ska röra sig mer har...

The Olympics have always been a platform for protest. Banning hand gestures and kneeling ignores their history

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It is the year of the Tokyo Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee was quickly out of the blocks with new guidelines regarding athlete...

When cricket and climate collide

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Another decade dawns and sport is as entwined with Australian culture as ever.  It is doubtful that Prime Minister Scott Morrison would have promoted...

The case for president Trump (as a sportsman)

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Christmas is just around the corner, but president Donald Trump will be excused for not being in a celebratory mood. This week the U.S....

Race report från nätverksarbete

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Efter en mörk höst där Växjö toppade den svenska ligan med minst antal soltimmar i november bar det iväg till Australien - först Melbourne...

Rugby union: played in heaven or trapped in purgatory?

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has, for one former England international, placed the sport on an unprecedented “knife edge”. High tackling and refereeing...

How hockey can combat climate change

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It’s late September, and after the long, hot and tedious summer, the hockey season has finally begun in earnest. By hockey, of course, I mean...

VARs paradoksale logikk til besvær

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VAR-forkjemperne skal få oss til å tro at fotball er svart-hvitt, at noe enten er fullstendig rett eller helt galt. Slik er det imidlertid...

Why autocrats ought to be banned from all sports

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This summer thirty years ago, I stopped playing tennis. It was a rather lovely day in a small town somewhere in Central Finland in...

En inkluderande idrottsrörelse med “hygge” och folkhälsa?

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I sommar fick jag möjligheten att simma mellan Kastrup och Dragør. Arrangör för eventet var Copenwater, en öppet vatten-simklubb i Köpenhamn. Uppvuxen i närheten...

Language complaints in inter-school netball expose New Zealand’s settler colonialism

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New Zealand does a good job of presenting itself as an inclusive, moral place grappling with the challenges of its past and confronting the...