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    The Black Swan of elite football: The case of Iceland | A summary

    In this feature article, Vi∂ar Halldorsson summarizes his article in Soccer & Society, in which he argues that Iceland can be identified as ‘a Black Swan’ in modern elite sports because it has produced extraordinary results against prestigious football nations. Iceland’s recent success is produced by a ‘none-elite’ sport system, which is built on different ideologies than is customary in the conventional youth sport academies of most nations.

    International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 56, 2021, No. 4

    IRSS is a peer reviewed academic journal. Its main purpose is to disseminate research and scholarship on sport throughout the international academic community. The journal publishes research articles of varying lengths, as well as book and media reviews. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: The disengagement process among young athletes when withdrawing from sport: A new research approach by Inger Eliasson and Annika Johansson.

    Soccer & Society, Volume 21, 2020, Issue 7

    Football, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has become a major social phenomenon since the late nineteenth century. The Forum Editor’s pick from the current issue: POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AND THE COACH-CREATED EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OF COMPETITIVE GAMES: THE CASE OF GRASSROOTS YOUTH SOCCER IN SWEDEN by Erik Johan Anders Andersson.

    An examination of the Nordic model of welfare and physical culture, reviewed by someone who’s been there, done that

    Edited by Mikkel B. Tin, Frode Telseth, Jan Ove Tangen & Richard Giulianotti, and published by Routledge, The Nordic Model and Physical Culture examines the relationships between the Nordic social democratic welfare system and physical culture, across the domains of sport, education, and public space. Our reviewer is Joe Piggin. He has been physically active in almost all Nordic countries – and he quite likes this book.

    Sport in Society, Volume 22, 2019, Issue 4: Sport and Outdoor Life in the Nordic World

    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.

    Iceland in the world of élite sports – Viking heredity or modern-day smarts?

    Iceland’s sporting successes of late, including being the smallest nation to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup, have prompted Vidar Halldorsson, an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Iceland, to attempt an explanation. His Sport in Iceland: How Small Nations Achieve International Success gets a mostly favorable review by Eivind Å. Skille.

    Sport in Society, Volume 20, 2017, Issue 9

    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.
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