That Was The Week That Was,
December 5–11, 2022

Dear all,
Sadly, last Monday I had a run-in wwith a clutch of viruses, of the RS type, I imagine, since I am protected by vaccines against the corona virus as well as the annual flu. Well, it hit me hard, going from bad to worse during the week, although I was able to do my job up until Friday, and then it peaked over the weekend. Even today I’m quite affected, but I am decidedly over the top, as it were.
I don’t know if there is ever a good time to fall ill, but it’s definitely not early to mid-December!
Last week the following items were published on (see below; language and publication dates, YYMMDD, in brackets). Click on the red headings to go to content. Utilize the Google Translate service to turn Scandinavian language pages into (some sort of) English.
Have a great week,
Kjell Eriksson

Book Reviews

Racism and English Football: For Club and Country, by Daniel Burdsey

In Racism and English Football: For Club and Country (Routledge), Daniel Burdsey analyses the contemporary manifestations, outcomes and implications of the fractious relationship between English professional football and race. Our reviewer is football fanatic and sport sociologist Mads Skauge. He would have liked a bit more sociology of race in a book that otherwise is an essential read for those interested in the social and organizational dynamics of football – especially English. (Review in English published 221206.)

Sport Management, del 2: Styrning och samhällsengagemang inom svensk idrott & Sport Management, del 3: Idrottens marknader och konsumtionskultur [Sport Management, part 2: Governance and community involvement in Swedish sports & Sport Management, part 3: Sports markets and consumer culture], by Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson & PG Fahlström (eds.)

SISU Förlag’s ambitious three-volume edition Sport Management 1–3, edited by Åsa Bäckström, Karin Book, Bo Carlsson and PG Fahlström, receives consistently positive reviews from’s reviewers, Søren Bennike who reviewed part 1 in October 2019, and Julius Z. Strömberg in the present review of parts 2 and 3. Strömberg does call for a Nordic perspective, but that lack is not considered an obstacle to using the books when he teaches sport management at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. (Books in Swedish, review in Swedish published 221207.)

Women and Sport in Brazil: Many Roles, a Single Struggle, by Katia Rubio (ed.)

Women and Sport in Brazil: Many Roles, a Single Struggle, edited by Katia Rubio (Editora Laços) shows the development of women athletes in Brazilian Olympic sports. The book presents stories of women who overcame various barriers to make it to the Olympic Games, and to make history. Alan Bairner, well up on male Brazilian athletes, primarily footballers, and with little insights into women and sports, now knows considerably more and intends to make it his business to continue to take an interest in women’s sport in Brazil. (Review in English published YYDDMM.)

New Blog Post

Qatar World Cup: Socceroos’ best ever performance, and what it means for the game in Australia ahead of hosting the Women’s World Cup, by David Rowe

Before the men’s FIFA World Cup commenced, the Socceroos’ most noteworthy contribution seemed likely to be their pre-emptive video campaign on human rights in host country Qatar. The political debate receded somewhat once the action on the field kicked off. After losing their opening game heavily to world champions France, the focus was set to be on the deficiencies of the team, coach and organisation of the game in Australia. But unexpectedly, the Socceroos, ranked 38th in the world by FIFA, won two consecutive games for the first time in their World Cup history, and qualified for the knockout stages for the first time since 2006. There, they faced Lionel Messi’s Argentina, ranked 3rd in the world. (Published in English 221206.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

(We rely heavily on journal publishers delivering on their promises of new issue alerts. Sometimes they don’t.)

  • International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 20, 2022, Issue 6 (221205)
  • Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, Volume 4, 2022, Issue 2 (221205)
  • Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, Volume 14, 2022, Issue 3 | Festival Cities and Tourism (221206)
  • Athens Journal of Sports, Volume 9, 2022, Issue 4 (221207)
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 39, 2022, Issue 10 (221209)

News items (calls for papers, vacancies, etc.)

  • Disputation | Skeletal muscle fiber types in man: With special reference to anabolic signaling and mitochondrial bioenergetics | Sebastian Edman, GIH, fredagen den 16 December 2022 (221206)
  • Call for Papers | “Images of the Olympic Games”, Special Issue of Materiales para la Historia del Deporte | Call ends January 31, 2023 (221206)
  • Call for Papers | “Emerging Horizons: bridging the borders between Physical Education Research and Practice“, the 2023 AIESEP International Conference | Santiago de Chile, July 4–7, 2023. Call ends January 30, 2023 (221209)
  • Call for Papers | “Remembering the Injured Brain in Sport History”, NASSH 2023 Pre-Conference Workshop | Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington DC‚ Thursday May 25, 2023. Call ends January 30, 2023 (221209)
  • Call for Papers | “Football vs. Ice Hockey in the European Sports Landscape”, Special Issue of Sport in Society | Call ends April 15, 2023 (221211)

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