That Was The Week That Was,
March 20–26, 2023, plus progress report

Dear all,

You are excused if you have formed the opinion that I am slow-footing  rather than rushing through my convalescence. My doctors tell me I have unrealistic expectations on the healing properties of my aging body. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, putting a little pressure on oneself, it may in fact go some way to promote recuperation. Putting a lot of pressure, on the other hand, may be really stupid. So, as usual, it is wise to seek the commonsensical middle ground.
So, last week we managed a couple of book reviews, a couple of new journal issue presentations and a half dozen new Calls (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.
Later today we will publish an interesting peer review article on body shame and fitness regimes. Look out for that!
Have a great week,
Kjell Eriksson

Book Reviews

Doping: A sporting history, by April Henning & Paul Dimeo

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Drawing on case studies from the early twentieth century to the present day, April Henning and Paul Dimeo, authors of Doping: A Sporting History (Reaktion Books), explore why the current anti-doping system looks as it does, charting its origins to the founding of the modern Olympic Games. Andrew Bloodworth is no stranger to the thorny issues associated with doping and anti-doping, and his reading of this book turns up important historical roots as well as many useful suggestions for reforming the WADA policy and its implementation. (Review in English, published 230321.)

The Precarity of Masculinity: Football, Pentecostalism, and Transnational Aspirations in Cameroon, by Uroš Kovač

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The Precarity of Masculinity: Football, Pentecostalism, and Transnational Aspirations in Cameroon by Uroš Kovač (Berghahn Books) unpacks young Cameroonians’ football dreams, Pentecostal faith, obligations to provide, and desires to migrate to highlight the precarity of masculinity in structurally adjusted Africa and neoliberal capitalism. Daniel Alsarve finds little to criticize in this important work, merely suggesting further studies and a better understanding of the concept of hegemonic masculinity. published 230324.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

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

  • Sport in History, Volume 43, 2023, Issue 1 (230321)
  • Leisure Sciences, Volume 45, 2023, Issue 3 (230326)

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

Thomas Fuchs and his book.
  • Call for Participants | International seminar in phenomenological research and philosophy, feat. Professor Thomas Fuchs | Bergen, Norway, June 19–20, 2023. Registration ends May 1, 2023 (230320)
  • Call for Papers | “Re-creating Leisure”, 2023 Leisure Studies Association Conference | Bournemouth University, July 11–13, 2023. Call ends April 7, 2023 (230321)
  • Call for Papers | Frontiers Research Topic: “Spectator Sport and Fan Behavior – Volume II”. Call ends May 9, 2023 (230321)
  • Call for Papers | “Chant Down”, a symposium on sport, physical cultures and multicultural sounds | University of Sussex, May 24, 2023. Call ends April 17, 2023 (230322)
  • Call for Papers | Frontiers Research Topic: “The Politics of Sport and the Climate Crisis”. Call ends June 30, 2023 (230322)
  • Call for Papers | “Nature Sport and Environmental History: Adulation or Alteration of Nature?”, special Issue of Sport History Review. Call ends April 1, 2023 (230326)

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