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New book about sports as a potential force in political struggles for independence and sovereignty
Sport and Secessionism, edited by Mariann Vaczi and Alan Bairner (Routledge), examines how sporting cultures reflect, inform and sometimes frustrate secessionist movements around the world by investigating a wide range of cases. Our reviewer is Norwegian historian Matti Goksøyr, and his insightful presentation and critical assessment of the collection reveals new takes, new examples and hence new perspectives and more nuances to the ways sport can operate and be applied in secessionist contexts.
Et viktig bidrag til diskusjonen om hvordan styringen av svensk idrett kan forbedres
Ett regeringsuppdrag till Centrum för idrottsforskning att göra en analys av hur idrotten skulle kunna arbeta för att förbättra styrning, öppenhet och demokratiska funktioner gav upphov till antologin Idrottens riskzoner: Om vägar till trygg och trovärdig idrott, sammanställd av Johan R. Norberg, Christine Dartsch Nilsson & Johan Faskunger (CIF). Kolbjørn Rafoss bjuder på en grundlig recension av bokens alla bidrag, som sammantaget ger en fördjupad bild av problem och möjliga lösningar.
Rich anthology penetrates the intricacies of the relationship between sport and environment
“I read this volume as one of many signs that sport can no longer escape issues of environmental impact, sustainability and climate change.” The volume in question is Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment edited by Brian P. McCullough and Timothy B. Kellison (Routledge), and the quote is from Daniel Svensson’s review in which he is mainly positive, although he also points to some perspectives that he finds missing in the book.
European Sport Management Quarterly, Volume 19, 2019, Issue 4
The European Sport Management Quarterly (ESMQ) publishes articles that contribute to our understanding of how sport organizations are structured, managed and operated. The Journal sets out to enhance our understanding of the role of sport management and sport bodies in social life and the way social, political and economic forces and practices affect these organizations.
Useful for almost anyone interested in sports, but primarily as introductions
Pam Sailors finds a useful metaphor in the Swiss army knife when reviewing Ethics and Governance in Sport: The future of sport imagined, edited by Yves Vanden Auweele, Elaine Cook & Jim Parry (Routledge) – both are brilliantly designed, with many small and useful implements/chapters, but one requires sturdier stuff in order to construct big houses or conceive and conduct in-depth studies of sports.
A much needed and very welcome contribution to balance the North American dominance in European sport management syllabuses
A welcome attempt at creating a European textbook in sport management, writes Hans Lundberg in his review of When Sport Meets Business: Capabilities, Challenges, Critiques, edited by Ulrik Wagner, Rasmus K. Storm & Klaus Nielsen (Sage Publications). Still, our esteemed reviewer tempers his approbation with specific advice for future improvement.
Two text books on the sociology of sport that probably work best together
In this original review for idrottsforum.org, Jay Coakley takes on two introductory textbooks in the sociology of sport, Sport Sociology by Peter Craig and Sport and Society, edited by Barrie Houlihan & Dominic Malcolm (both Sage Publications). His critical analysis from the point of view of the academic teacher leads him to a well-argued conclusions that will be rewarding reading for teachers as well as for the respective author/editors.
The, one, or the one legacy of Bosman?
The Bosman judgment is considered from a number of angles in the anthology The Legacy of Bosman: Revisiting the Relationship between EU Law and Sport edited by Antoine Duval & Ben Van Rompuy (TMC Asser Press). Our reviewer Mikael Hansson finds valuable contributions as well as less so, and would perhaps have liked a slightly counterfactual approach as well.