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The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society, edited by Lawrence A, Wenner (Oxford UP), features leading international scholars’ assessments of scholarly inquiry about sport and society. Divided into six sections, chapters consider dominant issues within key areas, approaches featured in inquiry, and debates needing resolution. Our reviewer is Richards Giulianotti, who edited the Sage four volume set The Sociology of Sport in 2012, and he finds that this new collection, some unnecessary omissions notwithstanding, is a welcome addition to the existing list of handbooks in the field.
Excellent and enjoyable collection, appropriately scholarly, utterly readable, and attractively wide ranging
Sport and film have historically been key components of national cultures and societies. Seán Crosson’s Sport, Film and National Culture (Routledge) is the first collection dedicated to examining the intersection of these popular cultural forces within specific national contexts. Garry Whannel, one of the world’s leading experts on the cultural analysis of media sport is our reviewer, and he is unequivocally enthusiastic; a few minor comments don’t affect the general coherence, focus and readability of the book.
Gaelic games, including Gaelic football, hurling, Gaelic handball and rounders, are the most popular sports played in Ireland, and form an important part of Irish cultural identity. In his book Gaelic Games on Film: From silent films to Hollywood hurling, horror and the emergence of Irish cinema (Cork University Press), Seán Crosson traces the Gaelic games through a hundred years of filmic representation, a journey that our reviewer Dilwyn Porter found most enjoyable.
Christer Ericsson Örebro University Philip Dine & Seán Crosson (red) Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe 369 sidor, hft. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group2010 (Cultural Identities Studies, Vol. 19) ISBN 978-3-03911-977-6 The case studies collected in this anthology comprise a total of 15 essays that discuss sport in modern and contemporary Europe, with a common overall aim of contributing to knowledge about the construction of identities. In...