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For a sports historian with a strong personal as well as scholarly partiality for skiing, it was to be expected that our reviewer Leif Yttergren would find much to like in Philipp Strobl & Aneta Podkalicka’s edited volume Leisure Cultures and the Making of Modern Ski Resorts (Palgrave Macmillan). Described by Yttergren as human geography with a (technology-) historical focus, the book is exciting and commendable as well as inspiring for future studies in the Swedish context.
Performance Enhancement & Health (PEH) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that critically explores the health implications of pharmacological, genetic, psychological and other technological enhancements of the human being. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Don’t buy a pig in a poke: Considering challenges of and problems with performance analysis technologies in Swedish men’s elite football by Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Robert Svensson, Daniel Svensson, Dan Fransson.
Sport ecology is a growing trend in the study of sport that looks beyond what’s happening on the pitch, in the rink or at the running tracks, and cares rather more about sport’s ecological footprints. A recent contribution to this emerging field is an anthology edited by Brian Wilson, and Brad Millington, Sport and the Environment: Politics and Preferred Futures (Emerald Publishing). Our reviewer is Daniel Svensson, and he finds the book to be a preferred roadmap towards a preferred future.
“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.
Carlssons Bokförlag, hemmahörande i Stockholm, är utgivare av tiotalet böcker på temat ”Hundra år i Göteborg”, tydligen i syfte att fira stadens 400 års-jubileum 2021. En av dessa är Idrott: Hundra år i Göteborg sammanställd av Cege Berglund & Gudrun Nyberg och med bidrag från bl a flera forummedarbetare. Bode Janzon har läst antologin för vår räkning och bjuder på en grundlig och kunnig recension som framhåller såväl styrkorna och svagheterna.
The considerable growth of interest in commerce, media and politics and their relationship to sport in international academia has resulted in academics in various disciplines 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 International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 35, 2018, Issue 6: New Historical Work on Women and Gender
The International Journal of the History of Sport is the world’s leading sport history academic periodical with fully-refereed global coverage of the subject. As well as regular issues, the IJHS also offers regionally-focused issues on the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, and special issues each year on significant topics and themes.
Halvor Kleppen’s De kalde lekene: Norge, skisporten og de olympiske vinterlekene [The Cold Games: Norway, Skiing and the Olympic Winter Games] (Akilles) was published five years ago, bur our reviewer Daniel Svensson agues that this important history of winter sports, and beautifully illustrated book as well, deserves a long life and, actually, a translation into English.
We put Daniel Svensson’s dissertation from 2017, Scientizing performance in endurance sports: The emergence of ‘rational training’ in cross-country skiing, 1930–1980 (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) into the hands of Erkki Vettenniemi, who’s insightful reading resulted in an engaging and highly informative review.
Public defence of doctoral thesis | Scientizing performance in endurance sports: The emergence of ‘rational training’ in cross-country skiing, 1930-1980 by Daniel Svensson
This thesis sets out to analyze the role that science has played in training during the 20th century. It is a history about the rationalization of training, but also about larger issues regarding the role of personal, experiential knowledge and scientific knowledge.
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