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    Cherry-picking the good bits while turning a blind eye to the dark sides of sport

    Sport is a source of personal and national pride for millions. In his book Fair Game: Lessons from Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (Monash University Publishing) economist, politician and triathlete Andrew Leigh argues that sport can embody both achievement and egalitarianism. Malcolm MacLean can see the point in some of the arguments Leigh puts forward, but he is ultimately frustrated and disappointed by the flaws in the argumentation, such as the glaring absence of a class and collectivism perspective.

    A programme of action that is good to think with, but that misses an opportunity

    Many sports fans are conflicted—they may love the games, but they are often alarmed by problems in sports such as corruption and health issues. In How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan, with a New Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield), Ken Reed argues that much of our sports culture is broken, driven by ego and greed. Malcolm MacLean finds much of interest to think about, but laments the fact that the book, originally published 2015, has not been updated with some important developments, and thus loses some of its relevance.

    The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 39, 2022, Issue 13–14 | Netball Narratives: Local, National, and Global Histories

    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. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Developing Winning Ways for Women’s Sport: New Zealand’s National Netball Team by Lana McCarthy, A. J. Martin & Geoff Watson.

    Sport in History, Volume 42, 2022, Issue 4 | BSSH 40th anniversary: reflecting on the past, present and future of the British Society of Sports History

    Sport in History 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. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Alternative sites of sports history by Gary James.

    Sport History Review, Volume 53, 2022, Issue 2

    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: Philippe Tissié’s Psychopedagogical Conceptions of Physical Education: Franco-Swedish Hybridity (1886–1935) by Pierre-Alban Lebecq, Yves Moralès, Jean Saint-Martin, Yves Travaillot, Natalia Bazoge.

    Sport in History, Volume 42, 2022, Issue 3

    Sport in History 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. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: ‘What media coverage of the 1968 Olympic protests reveals about the deep structure of attitudes about athletic activism in the United States by Douglas Hartmann.

    The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 39, 2022, Issue 6

    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. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Visualising Sport: ‘Visual Turns’, Visual Texts, Visual Culture, Review Essay by Malcolm MacLean.

    Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Volume 49, 2022, Issue 1

    The Journal of the Philosophy of Sport provides a forum for discussion of philosophical issues – metaphysical, ethical, epistemological, aesthetic, or otherwise – arising in sport, games, play, dance, embodiment, and other motor-related activities. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: Sex and gender in sport categorization: aiming for terminological clarity by Irena Martínková, Taryn Knox, Lynley Anderson & Jim Parry.

    Spotlight on IAAF: A critical analysis of athletics’ governing body from Edström to Nebiolo

    Jörg Krieger’s Power and Politics in World Athletics: A Critical History (Routledge) provides the first detailed history of one of the most powerful international sport organisations, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), critically assessing the internal power relations within the organization by focusing on its leadership. Our reviewer is Malcolm MacLean, and he concludes that this is an important contribution to the study of sports’ global federations, and specifically of the IAAF governance structure and regime of power.

    Important, award-winning contribution to the literature on Indigenous sports in society

    Winner of the North American Society for Sports History book prize 2021, Janice Forsyth’s Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport (University of Regina Press) digs deep into the history of Indigenous sports in Canada, with special focus on Tom Longboat and the eponymous award. Our reviewer is Malcolm MacLean, and he concludes his review by recommending the book to scholars, practitioners, and activists in and beyond the lands claimed by Canada.
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