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    An exemplary collection that captures the essence and intricacies of Nordic football culture

    Mihaly Szerovay and colleagues’ edited collection Football in the Nordic Countries: Practices, Equality and Influence (Routledge) explores football culture, organisation and development in the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. To our reviewer Payam Ansari, the anthology offers a rich, multifaceted exploration of football on national, “glocal”, and global levels, making it a valuable addition to the field of sports sociology and a beacon for future research on football.

    Ny forskning | E-sport utvecklas på samma sätt som längdskidor

    Sportifiering är en modell för att analysera hur idrotter utvecklas som har använts sedan 70-talet då en amerikansk idrottsforskare tog fram kriterier för en analys. Grunden är att idrotter tenderar att utvecklas enligt ett mönster. Man kan känna igen mönster från vitt skilda företeelser. Daniel Svensson, docent i idrottsvetenskap vid Malmö universitet, har tillsammans med Daniel Pargman från KTH tittat på e-sportens sportifiering i Sverige och jämfört den med längdskidor.

    Sport History Review, Volume 55, 2024, Issue 1 | Nature Sport and Environmental History: Adulation or Alteration of Nature?

    Sport History Review encourages the submission of scholarly articles, methodological and research notes, and commentaries. SHR encourages graduate students and young professionals to submit their work for publication. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: “I Live With and By Nature”: Swedish Alpine Skiers Reflect on Professional and Lifestyle Skiing, Nature, and Snow, 1964–2023 by Marie Larneby (open access).

    Starting at the root: An interrogation of performance above all else logic in sport as we overshoot planetary boundaries

    In Sport, Performance and Sustainability, an open access volume edited by Svensson, Backman, Hedenborg & Sörlin (Routledge), the authors examine the logic of ‘faster, higher, and stronger’ and the technoscientific revolution behind the tremendous growth in sport performance over the last 100 years. Our reviewer Benjamin Mole commends the choice of Guttmann’s sportification concept as the starting point and finds much in the analyses to appreciate. Some critical observations notwithstanding, he hails the book for moving the discussion of sporting logics forward.

    Sport, Education and Society, Volume 28, 2023, Issue 6 | Environmental attunement in health, sport and physical education

    Sport, Education and Society encourages contributions from social scientists and educationalists studying the relationships between pedagogy, ‘the body’ and society, The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Where does environmental sustainability fit in the changing landscapes of outdoor sports? An analysis of logics of practice in artificial sport landscapes by Erik Backman & Daniel Svensson (open access).

    Effective and immersive open access volume on the act of walking

    In Pathways: Exploring the Routes of a Movement Heritage, editors Daniel Svensson, Katarina Saltzman & Sverker Sörlin will explore possibilities to acknowledge human motion, and traces thereof, as heritage, based on a Swedish research project with the aim to explore the multiple dimensions of walking. We were fortunate that Sarah Spooner readily accepted to assess their efforts, and her knowledgeable review presents a highly readable, thought-provoking and wide-ranging collection of essays.

    Engaging and at times almost poetic history of Nordic skiing in the American Midwest

    Ryan Rodgers writes the story of Nordic skiing in the Midwest – its origins and history, its star athletes and races, and its place in the region’s social fabric and the nation’s winter recreation – in Winter’s Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing (University of Minnesota Press). Our reviewer, sport historian and skiing scholar Daniel Svensson enjoyed reading Rodgers’ book in spite of its non-academic approach. Rodgers’ blend of oral history with archival sources and personal reflections made reading his prose a pleasure.

    En svensk ”Sport Management-kanon”

    SISU Förlags ambitiösa trebandsutgåva Sport Management 1–3, under redaktion av Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson och PG Fahlström, får genomgående positiva omdömen av idrottsforum.orgs recensenter, Søren Bennike som recenserade del 1 i oktober 2019, och Julius Z. Strömberg i föreliggande recension av delarna 2 och 3. Strömberg efterlyser visserligen ett nordiskt perspektiv men ser inte den bristen som ett hinder för att använda böckerna när han lär ut sport management på Norges idrettshøgskole.

    While not unique, still a welcome addition to the ongoing environmental turn in sport studies

    Sport has the potential to be a powerful platform for positive change. Sport and Sustainable Development: An Introduction, edited by Stavros Triantafyllidis & Cheryl Mallen (Routledge) examines how sport can be made more sustainable and how sport can achieve more comprehensive social and ecological objectives. Our reviewer is Daniel Svensson, and he identifies an ongoing environmental turn in sports studies, evidenced by a growing body of literature into which this pedagogical textbook fits nicely.

    Ny forskning | Prestation före miljötänk främjas i konstgjorda spår och forsar

    Personer som på sin fritid tränar längdskidåkning och kanotslalom i artificiella skidspår och forsar är fokuserade på prestation. Trots att personerna annars är intresserade av miljöfrågor anses det inte viktigt för träningen. Blir naturen och miljön en viktigare del av sporten kan det dock gynna idrottens hållbarhetsarbete, enligt ny forskning av Daniel Svensson, Malmö universitet, och Erik Backman, Högskolan i Dalarna.