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    International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Volume 12, 2020, Issue 3

    The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics aims to publish articles that address all aspects of sport policy irrespective of academic discipline. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: THE SCEPTIC, THE CYNIC, THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE AND THE CONSTRUCTIONIST: MALE LEADERS AND COACHES ON GENDER EQUITY IN SPORT by Matthis Kempe-Bergman, Håkan Larsson & Karin Redelius (open access).

    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.

    Still highly relevant for sports scholars four years later

    Sport and Social Movements: From the Local to the Global by Jean Harvey, John Horne, Parissa Safai, Simon Darnell & Sebastien Courchesne-O’Neill (Bloomsbury) was published in 2014. Little has changed in the interplay between sport and globalization, and our reviewer Anne Tjønndal is keen to underline the need for continuous study of this field.

    Two text books on the sociology of sport that probably work best together

    In this original review for idrottsforum.org, Jay Coakley takes on two introductory textbooks in the sociology of sport, Sport Sociology by Peter Craig and Sport and Society, edited by Barrie Houlihan & Dominic Malcolm (both Sage Publications). His critical analysis from the point of view of the academic teacher leads him to a well-argued conclusions that will be rewarding reading for teachers as well as for the respective author/editors.

    An enjoyable, well written, and very Canadian tome on sport, politics and society

    Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation, edited by Russell Field (University of Toronto Press) is an homage, albeit in a very low-keyed, Canadian sort of way, to Bruce Kidd, athlete, activist and scholar. In his review for idrottsforum.org, Alan Bairner is very pleased with what he reads; however, he is unable to find in this book about struggle a discussion of gender and sexuality.

    Intressant som kunskapsbank, men provokativ utifrån ett nordiskt perspektiv

    På självaste Världshälsodagen publicerar vi Suzanne Lundvalls kritiskt granskande recension av antologin Health and Elite Sport: Is High Performance Sport a Healthy Pursuit?, sammanställd av Joseph Baker, Parissa Safai & Jessica Fraser-Thomas (Routledge). Boken ger ett nordamerikanskt perspektiv på idrott och idrottsutövande.

    Comprehensive collection, with the usual suspects and some bright spots

    In his knowledgeable review of A Companion to Sport, edited by David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington, Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University, finds that the volume offers something for everybody, if not everything for all.
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