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A thought-provoking, and detailed statistical case study of the development and popularity of women’s soccer in Germany
One of the world’s greatest sports, football, and one of the leading nations in that sport when it’s played by women, Germany, are in focus in Henk Erik Meier’s new book The Development of Women’s Soccer: Legacies, Participation, and Popularity in Germany (Routledge). Our reviewer is Jean Williams, who knows a bit about women’s football, and she finds Meier’s study a book to dip into, on repeated readings.
Life stories of seemingly uninteresting athletes offer a deeper understanding of the conditions that formed modern sport in Britain and Europe
Dave Day’s edited collection from 2011, Sporting Lives (MMU Institute for Performance Research) originates from a Sporting Lives symposium hosted by MMU Cheshire, and must be considered a modern sport history classic. John S. Hellström is our reviewer, and he finds the sum of the parts to be most rewarding, even though some individual contributions are highly readable. Shame, though, that only one of eleven chapters is written about a women.
Strong illustrated oral history of a women’s football team that misses some intellectual opportunities
For years, sport historian Gary James has gathered oral testimony from peaople involved in the making of a women’s team within the Manchester City FC. The result is Manchester City Women: An Oral History (James Ward Publ.), a lavishly illustrated volume that we asked renowned football historian Jean Williams to read and review. Impressed by the oral histories and the illustrations, Professor Williams still would have preferred more penetrating critical analyses.
Sports’ relation to other forms of leisure investigated with an impressive variety of historical methods and sources
Two special issues of Sport in History has been converted into a single 14 chapters volume by the editors Dion Georgiou and Benjamin Litherland: Sport’s Relationship with Other Leisure Industries: Historical Perspectives (Routledge). Our reviewer is Anne Tjønndal, and she offers a comprehensive overview of the collection, which, though it might be better for some to read a few individual chapters, as a whole represents an accomplishment in sport history scholarship.
Sport in History, Volume 39, 2019, Issue 4: Upfront and Onside: Women, Football, History and Heritage, Part Two
Sport in History is a history journal that publishes original, archivally-based research on the history of sport, leisure and recreation. The journal encourages the study of sport to illuminate broader historical issues and debates. Includes an extensive reviews section, an annual compendium of sports-related accessions to British archives and a 'Sport in Public History' section dealing with issues of sports-related heritage and memory in society.
Sport in History, Volume 39, 2019, Issue 2: Upfront and Onside: Women, Football, History and Heritage, Part One
Sport in History is a history journal that publishes original, archivally-based research on the history of sport, leisure and recreation. The journal encourages the study of sport to illuminate broader historical issues and debates. Includes an extensive reviews section.
Originally published in 2014 and edited by Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson, the Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality comprises 53 chapters penned by 68 internationally renowned sport scholars. According to our reviewer Benjamin Moreland, this perennial handbook is a vital contribution to the academic conversations surrounding gender and sexuality and a foundational read for scholars and students alike.
Identities and Images in Football: A case study of brands and the organisational settings in the development of Scandinavian women’s club football (Bokförlaget idrottsforum.org) is Mattias Melkersson’s doctoral thesis. It is reviewed by Professor Jean Williams, the external reviewer at the public defense of the thesis.
Jonny Hjelm har läst antologin Women, Soccer and Transnational Migration (Routledge), sammanställd av Sine Agergaard och Nina Clara Tiesler. Hans kunniga och kritiska recension påvisar förvisso smärre brister, men totalt sett är detta en bok som innehåller mycket och viktig information på ett ganska blygsamt omfång.
The “long eighteenth century” denotes the period 1660–1815, which is when modern sports emerged in Britain. In Sharon Harrow’s anthology British Sporting Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century (Routledge) the intersection of sport, literature, and culture is examined. In her favorable review essay, Katarina Tornborg discusses and reflects on the cultural aspects of the sporting world of the day.
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