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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.
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.
Mats Franzén Sporting dystopias. The making and meanings of urban sport cultures (Albany: State University of New York Press 2003) som redigerats av Ralph C. Wilcox, David L. Andrews, Robert Pitter och Richard L. Irwin, tillhandahåller inga solskenshistorier om staden och sporten – men titeln till trots inte heller några egentliga sportdystopier. Snarare finns här en rad realistiska korrektiv till den...