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Trailing skaters into the accidental glitches of Asian cities
With urban development in Asia, cities in the region have become central to skateboarding culture for their endless supply of accidental, attractive ‘spots’ for skateboarding – glitches in the urban machine. In Skateboarding and Urban Landscapes in Asia: Endless Spots (Amsterdam University Press), Duncan McDuie-Ra explores the desire for and consumption of urban Asia. Mark Brooke is quite taken by the author’s rolling ethnography and skateboard cartography, and very appreciative of the list of skate videos in the book.
Excellent exploration of the historical development of South Korean MLB fans
In his book Global Sports Fandom in South Korea: American Major League Baseball and Its Fans in the Online Community (Palgrave Macmillan), Younghan Cho explores the transformation of cultural and national identity of global sports fans in South Korea, which has undergone extensive cultural and economic globalization since the 1990s. Our reviewer Mark Brooke is much impressed by the book, and not least by the author’s employment of the netnographic method.
Well-researched and written collection brilliantly covering deviances in various areas of sports
In Jörg Krieger’s and Stephan Wassong’s edited collection Dark Sides of Sport (Common Ground), leading international scholars explore multifaceted historical and contemporary challenges for sport. We asked Mark Brooke at the National University of Singapore for a review. Our reviewer is very appreciative of the book; it fills a void in the existing academic literature as it explores, in one book, various areas of deviance that pose a threat to sport.
The complexities of ownership in sport competently dealt with
Contributions to Andrew Adams’ and Leigh Robinson’s edited volume Who Owns Sport (Routledge Focus on Sport, Culture and Society) deal with the complex issue of ownership in sport from multiple disciplinary angles, including philosophy, history, political science and management. Mark Brooke is our reviewer, and he deems this slim volume essential reading for sport scholars.
A sociological study of a subculture that has evolved into female athletic empowerment
Nicole Willms is an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and her latest book When Women Rule the Court: Gender, Race, and Japanese American Basketball (Rutgers University Press) is a fine qualitative sociological study with a high degree of methodological awareness, says our reviewer Mark Brooke, who recommends it to anybody interested in basketball.
Sport in Society, Volume 22, 2019, Issue 12
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.
“Brooke consistently challenges us to think more critically and in greater analytical depth”
Mark Brooke, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore, lists as his foremost research interest the sociology of sport. His first book in that field, Case Studies in Sport Socialisation (Common Ground), is well received by Alan Bairner. The author, says our reviewer, deserves great praise for his use of sociological theory throughout.
Communication & Sport, Vol. 7, 2019, No. 4
Communication and Sport is a cutting-edge peer-reviewed quarterly that publishes research to foster international scholarly understanding of the nexus of communication and sport that engages a broad intellectual community. C&S welcomes studies of sport and media in mass and new media settings, research on sport in interpersonal, group, organizational, and other communication contexts.
Overwhelming praise for comprehensive and thought-provoking handbook
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.
Sport for all, or not for all, that is the question
NEW BOOK REVIEW | The edited volume Sport and Physical Activity across the Life Span: Critical Perspectives by Rylee A. Dionigi & Michael Gard (Palgrave Macmillan) offers critical perspectives on the axiomatic Sport for All credo – that sport is also Good for all. Mark Brooke finds much to praise in this collection of myth-busting essays.
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