That Was The Week That Was,
May 1–7, 2023

Dear all,

It seems spring has finally settled on the southernmost part of Sweden, with temperatures around 15–16°C. Very pleasing indeed, and a reminder of the approaching summer holidays – which, as speculations go, will be climate change-hot I many parts of the world. We will have to be careful in the short term, and vigilant in the long term.
These last few weeks in the run up to the Midsummer festivities, well, last month and a half, are usually a busy period in academia, of which is a part, albeit a rather autonomous part. There are at least three more research articles to be published, one of them a peer review piece, 20 or more book reviews, and whatever else that turns up. June 22 will be the last day for publishing original texts; during summer only new journal issues and various Calls is publicized, as the number of visitors to drops quite dramatically during summer.
Meanwhile, around 40 books must find reviewers, with submissions planned for early fall, September and October. Some of these books might find their way into a coming newsletter, to allow our wide and widely read readership to express interest. A list will materialize in a couple of weeks.
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 Review

Different Class: The Untold Story of English Cricket, by Duncan Stone

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In examining recreational rather than professional (first-class) cricket, Duncan Stone’s Different Class: The Untold Story of English Cricket does not merely challenge the orthodoxy of English cricket, it demonstrates how the values and belief systems at its heart were developed to divide the English at every level of the game. Our reviewer, cricket commentator Daniel Norcross, likes the book, and especially Stone’s deep dive into the class war aspects of amateur or recreational cricket. (Review in English, published 230503.)

Irish Sporting Lives, by Terry Clavin & Turlough O’Riordan (eds.)

(Shutterstock/D. Ribeiro)

Serial winners and glorious losers, heroes and villains, trailblazing women, role models and rogues, all are here; so too are audacious sporting founders, enduring legends and forgotten or overlooked greats. Conor Curran has read about sixty Irish Sporting Lives selected by Terry Clavin & Turlough O’Riordan (Royal Irish Acdemy), and he found it generally entertaining throughout, but then Dr. Curran is also an historian, and as such found much historiographic references and context wanting. (Review in English, published 230504.)

A Fateful Love: Essays on Football in the North-East of England 1880–1930, by Gavin Kitching

Sunderland AFC 1884 (Wikipedia)

How did the world’s most popular sport begin? How was the ancient family of pastimes called «folk football» transformed into a new codified game – «association football»? Gavin Kitching tackles the question in A Fateful Love: Essays on Football in the North-East of England 1880–1930 (Peter Lang Publishing). Hans Bolling, experienced football historian, finds the book interesting but points out some historiographic problems therein, deriving from the fact that the author is not a trained historian. (Review in English, published 230505.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

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

  • Sports Coaching Review, Volume 12, 2023, Issue 1 | Care in Sport Coaching (230501)
  • Soccer & Society, Volume 24, 2023, Issue 3 | Nordic football: local and global impact, influences and images (230502)
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 39, 2022, Issue 13–14 | Netball Narratives: Local, National, and Global Histories (230502)
  • Communication & Sport, Vol. 11, 2023, No. 2 (230502)
  • International Journal of Sport Management, Vol. 24, 2023, No. 1 (230503)
  • PALAESTRA: Adapted Sport, Physical Education, and Recreational Therapy Vol. 37, 2023 No. 1 (230505)
  • Journal of Sport & Tourism, Volume 27, 2023, Issue 1 (230506)
  • Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, Volume 5, 2023, Issue 1 (230507)
  • Managing Sport and Leisure, Volume 28, 2023, Issue 1 (230507)

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

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  • Offentligt försvar av en doktorsavhandling | De nordiska lekarna: Grannländer i pressen under olympiska vinterspel av Martin Johansson | Södertörns högskola, den 12 maj 2023 (230502)
  • Call for Papers | Bengt Nybelius Scholarship 2023. Call ends July 1, 2023 (230502)
  • Call for Participation | “Slowing Down: Tourism Practice in the Era of the Anthropocene” | Free online RGR & ECR Symposium, May 24–25, 2023 (230502)

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