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“Where is the sport science in this?”: The crumbling of the coloniality of social sciences and re-existence of the otherwise
In this essay, written in the final stages of her PhD education, Sepand Mashreghi looks back at the very first presentation of her choice of doctoral project, and the inevitable response – “where is the sport science in this?”. She then recounts her own journey through, and out of, the traditional social sciences, searching for, and eventually finding, the decolonial option, with the aim to contribute to decolonizing knowledge and being, and making the survival of the otherwise possible.
SSSF, a multidisciplinary social sciences sport studies journal, welcomes articles that deal with sport and social change and social stability in a wide sense, articles about the profound and comprehensive processes affecting sport. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: National and Organizational Culture in Norwegian Elite Sport: The Account of National Handball Head Coaches by Eivind Å. Skille, Per Øystein Hansen, Frank Abrahamsen & Stiliani “Ani” Chroni.
Despite a call for rethinking the epistemological understanding of the acculturation and its relation to sport and exercise, European sport and exercise psychology has remained unchallenged territory. Sepandarmaz Mashregi’s critical overview is a call for decolonizing the knowledge and scholarship within sport and exercise psychology by utilizing transformative approaches that centralize the voices of the cultural ’other’.
Sine Agergaard’s latest book Rethinking Sports and Integration: Developing a Transnational Perspective on Migrants and Descendants in Sports (Routledge) offers a critical cultural analysis of the idea that sport can promote the integration of migrants and their descendants. Our reviewer Sepandarmaz Mashreghi is generally positive to the new perspective put forward by Agergaard.
The experiences of ethnic ‘Other’ females in sport is the focus of a new edited collection, Race, Gender and Sport: The Politics of Ethnic ‘Other’ Girls and Women (Routledge) by Aarti Ratna & Samaya Farooq Samie. We asked Sepandarmaz Mashregi for a review and she obliged by submitting an appreciative appraisal, albeit not uncritical, and as informative and enlightening as ever.
Idrotten i spänningsfältet mellan hälsa och ohälsa: Rapport från Nordisk idrottsvetenskaplig konferens, 22 till 23 november 2017 i Halmstad
2017 års SVEBI-konferens arrangerades av Högskolan Halmstad tillsammans med SVEBI, SIPF och SNAFA och fick beteckningen Nordisk idrottsvetenskaplig konferens. Läs den fylliga konferensrapporten av Alexander Jansson, Matilda Lindberg och Sepandarmaz Mashreghi, samtliga doktorander vid Malmö universitet.