That Was The Week That Was,
May 23–29, 2022


Dear all,

I slipped up a bit last in week’s TWTWTW, by omitting the special circumstances brought on by the fact that last Thursday was Ascension Day. The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ har been observed by Christians since the 4th century, and in secular Sweden it is still a holiday on a par with Easter Sunday and Monday. Thus, schools are out and most employees are off work. So, no work on a Thursday, and never on Saturdays – what to do? The Swedes have decided that a workday squeezed in between two holidays calls for a new concept and behavior, klämdag, literally “squeeze day”. Many employees work a bit longer every day for a certain period preceding this klämdag, and ipso facto, they’re off work on the Friday following Ascension Day.
Of course, this has a bearing on the running of as well, as witnessed by last week’s output. Then again, we have a plan for the rest of the term, and last week was part of that plan.
So what’s happening this week that’s worth mentioning? Well, on Wednesday my youngest turns 18, a big day for her, of course, but for her parents as well. On Tuesday, there’s a meeting with the department head, and on Friday there’s a public defense of a dissertation where we have been involved in bringing the book to print. It’s a Swedish language study of sport as heritage in Swedish sports museums, and we will be there. I think that’s it.
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

Research Article

Sverige – padelns andra hem: Essä söker nya perspektiv om idrottspandemin som tagit Europa med storm – men hur länge varar den? [Sweden – the second home of padel: Essay seeks new perspectives on the sports pandemic that has taken Europe by storm – but how long will it last?] by Johan Carlsson

The purpose of Johan Carlsson’s article is to shed light on existing knowledge and discourses and to deepen the discussions about the phenomenon of padel. The text has three sections: 1) Padel’s history in the world and Sweden, 2) Psychological and sociological perspectives, and 3) Why Sweden is a leader in the second wave of padel that has taken place in the last five to ten years. An interplay between far-sighted Swedish entrepreneurship, a special Swedish indoor training culture and the country’s handling of the corona pandemic are discussed as the most important factors. (Article in Swedish, published 220524; English abstract available.

Book Review

The Sport Marriage: Women Who Make It Work by Steven M. Ortiz

In his book The Sport Marriage: Women who make it work (University of Illinois Press), author Steven M. Ortiz draws on studies he conducted over nearly three decades focusing on the marital realities confronted by women married to male professional athletes. We gave this book to Norwegian sport sociologist Anne Tjønndal, who had a delightful time reading it. She concludes her appreciative review with warm recommendations. (Published in English 220525.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

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

  • Leisure/Loisir, Volume 46, 2022, Issue 2 (220523)
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 38, 2021, Issue 1 | Asian Journal of Sport History & Culture, 2021, 3. Special Issue: Olympics (220523)
  • Journal of Sports Sciences, Volume 40, 2022, Issue 10 (220524)
  • Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Volume 16, 2022, Issue 2 | Slow Sport and Slow Philosophy (220525)
  • Kinesiology Review, Volume 11, 2022, Issue 2 (220526)
  • Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 23, 2022, No. 5 (220527)

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

  • Call for Participation | Women in a Digitized Sports Culture: Women Coaches and Referees | Seminar, June 23, 2022, Bodø, Norway | Call ends June 18, 2022 (220523)
  • Endagskonferens om idrott, social utsatthet och integration | Platinum Cars Arena, Norrköping, tisdag den 27 september 2022, kl 10:00–16:30. Anmälan senast den 13/9 2022 (220523)
  • The full programme for Play the Game’s anniversary edition 2022 is ready (220523)
  • Call for applications | PhD Course 2022: Culture, Sport and Society, September 12–16, 2022, Umeå University, Sweden (220524)


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