That Was The Week That Was,
May 8–14, 2023

Dear all,

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

’Dilemmatic spaces’ och föräldrars deltagande i ridskolornas verksamhet för de yngre barnen [Dilemmatic spaces and parents’ participation in the activities of riding schools for the younger children]

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In this article by Susanna Hedenborg, Gabriella Thorell Palmqvist, Annika Rosén and Oskar Solenes, the aim is to deepen our understanding of riding school activities for preschool children in Sweden and Norway by analyzing riding instructors’ and accompanying adults’ perceptions of the activities. To deepen the understanding of the challenges that riding instructors and accompanying adults face in riding school activities for the younger children, the interpretive framework ‘dilemmatic spaces’ is used. (Published in Swedish 230510; English abstract available.

Book Reviews

American Sport in the Shadow of a Pandemic: Communicative Insights, by Andrew C. Billings, Lawrence A, Wenner & Marie Hardin (eds.)

(Image courtesy of Los Angelista)

Andrew C. Billings, Lawrence A, Wenner & Marie Hardin’s edited collection American Sport in the Shadow of a Pandemic: Communicative Insights (Peter Lang Publishing) focuses on how communication practices, structures, and principles change when a key locus – sport – has much of its cultural and political-economic power disrupted. Britt-Marie Ringfjord’s review offers an accessible presentation of all the contributions. She found the book to be instructive and interesting as well as entertaining. (Review in English, published 230509.)

Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice, by Adam R. Nicholls

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An effective coach must understand the fundamentals of sport psychology. Fully revised and updated, the third edition of Adam Nicholl’s Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice (Routledge) clearly and accessibly introduces the principles and practice of sport psychology in the context of the coaching process. Stuart Carrington likes what he reads, and his review points out a number of quality features that will be appreciated by coaches since they relate to their everyday practical work with athletes. (Review in English, published 23051.)

New Blog Post

Women’s Football: It’s not just for May, by Malcolm MacLean

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It’s the day before the 2023 Women’s FA Cup Final in England, and The Guardian tells me that a sold out Wembley Stadium ‘establishes a national ritual’. It’s part of the self-congratulatory tale we like to tell ourselves about women’s sport, and especially about women’s football in England. And there is no doubt, the shift in the coverage of women’s football, its profile, and its wider public engagement is impressive. What’s more, in social change terms it has been surprisingly rapid. (Published in English 230513.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

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

  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 45, 2021, Issue 2 (230508)
  • Sport Management Education Journal, Volume 17, 2023, Issue 1 (230508)
  • Sport Social Work Journal, Volume 3, 2023, No. 1 (230511)
  • Managing Sport and Leisure, Volume 28, 2023, Issue 2 (230512)

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

  • (Shutterstock/Tinnakorn jorruang)

    Call for Papers | “Postcolonial Approaches to Play Theories and Practices”, the 6th International Philosophy at Play Conference | Complutense University, Madrid, June 3–5, 2024. Call ends October 30, 2023 (230511)

  • Call for Participation | “The Representation of Race in Sports Journalism and Media”, the Sports Media Identity Network Conference #3 | Sheffield Hallam University, June 30, 2023 (230514)

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