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    This strong anthology makes a significant contribution to the study of women’s sport

    As women’s sport continues to grow and develop there is an increasing need to critically examine the conditions in which women as athletes operate. Ali Bowes’ and Alex Culvin’s anthology The Professionalisation of Women’s Sport: Issues and Debates (Emerald Publishing) discusses the processes of professionalisation in women’s sports. Our reviewer is Alan Bairner, and he underlines that women’s professional sport needs to learn from the mistakes that have been made in men’s professional sport.

    Sport in Society, Volume 24, 2021, Issue 12

    Academics in various disciplines are writing about sport. Sport in Society is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary forum for academics to discuss the growing relationship of sport to significant areas of modern life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: A rebel and a giant: change and continuity in the discursive construction of Chinese sport heroes by Xiaoqian Richard Hu, Junjian Liang & Alan Bairner.

    A sport sociology research handbook with a unique selling point

    Research Handbook on Sport and Society, edited by Elizabeth C.J. Pike (Edward Elgar), aims to provide a critical examination of the complex issues surrounding sports in contemporary societies. Our reviewer of this collection of contributions from leading sociology of sport scholars, is Alan Bairner. Although uneven, he commends the collection for its quality contributors and the editor for the clever approach of having them all describe their personal journeys into the realm of social scientific study of sport.

    Sport in Society, Volume 24, 2021, Issue 11 | Sport and Nationalism: Theoretical Perspectives

    Academics in various disciplines are writing about sport. Sport in Society is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary forum for academics to discuss the growing relationship of sport to significant areas of modern life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: They are not ‘Team New Zealand’ or the ‘New Zealand’ Warriors! An exploration of pseudo-nationalism in New Zealand sporting franchises by Damion Sturm, Tom Kavanagh & Robert E. Rinehart.

    Social sporting innovations from Hogwarts to Bruges

    With her new anthology, Social Innovation in Sport (Palgrave Macmillan), Anne Tjönndal aims at providing fresh insights on how social innovations are utilized as strategies to make sport more accessible and inclusive. Our reviewer Alan Bairner is doubtful however, seeing sport’s adaptability to change as more often than not driven by market logics, since sport, he claims, is inherently conservative, reactionary even, in its refusal to change its core values and renew its traditional hierarchies.

    Journal of Sport & Tourism, Volume 25, 2021, Issue 3

    The Journal of Sport & Tourism (JS&T) aims to publish research that makes a clear contribution, substantively, theoretically or methodologically, to the body of knowledge relating to all aspects of the relationship between sport and tourism. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Travelling to Bundesliga matches: the carbon footprint of football fans by Christian Loewen & Pamela Wicker.

    Sport in Society, Volume 23, 2020, Issue 12 | 2020 Asia Pacific Sport and Social Science incl. Special Section on the Football Industry in Asia

    The considerable growth of interest in commerce, media and politics and their relationship to sport has resulted in academics in various disciplines writing about sport. Sport in Society is a forum for academics to discuss the growing relationship of sport to significant areas of modern life. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: CHINESE FOOTBALL FANDOM AND CIVIC IDENTITIES: A STUDY OF THE FANS OF SHANGHAI SHENHUA AND BEIJING GUOAN by Kaixiao Jiang & Alan Bairner.

    Sport and alcohol – two popular social lubricants in a sticky relationship

    Sport and alcohol go way back in sport history, hand in hand. Drink manufacturers sponsor sport, sports people drink and endorse various alcoholic beverages. Is it a sort of symbiosis? Anyway, it’s been the subject of a number of academic studies, the latest being a collected volume by Sarah Gee, Sport, Alcohol and Social Inquiry: A Global Cocktail (Emerald), which is reviewed here by Alan Bairner – and “there could have been few better choices”.

    Women, War and Sport: The Battle of the 2019 Solheim Cup | A Summary

    The article "Women, War and Sport: The Battle of the 2019 Solheim Cup” by Ali Bowes, Alan Bairner, Stuart Whigham & Niamh Kitching was published online in the Journal of War and Culture Studies October 21, 2020. The study considers the way in which the competitors in the 2019 Solheim Cup were represented in the British print media. Results highlights that national identity is a key descriptor of the female competitors, legitimising their position in the battlefield of international sport.

    Leisure Studies, Volume 39, 2020, Issue 6

    The emphasis of Leisure Studies is on theoretically informed critical analyses within the social sciences and humanities of the wide range of topics that constitute leisure as a subject field – including the arts, tourism, sport and physical activities. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: THE ‘TROIKA OF SECURITY’: MERGING RETROSPECTIVE AND FUTURISTIC ‘RISK’ AND ‘SECURITY’ ASSESSMENTS BEFORE EURO 2020 by Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen.
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