That Was The Week That Was,
September 11–17, 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

Feature Article

Horse- and riding-related injuries among youth riders in Sweden

(Photo by Malin Palm)

In this feature article, Klara Boije af Gennäs presents her Ph.D. project at Malmö University Her main concern is the prevalence and severity of injuries in youth equestrian sports, and not only acute injuries from riding accidents but also overuse injuries resulting from hard labor in the stable. Applying a multi- and interdisciplinary research approach as well as a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, her aim is to extend and strengthen the understanding of stable- and riding injuries among youth equestrians. (Published in English 230913.

Book Reviews

Football and Nation Building in Colombia: The Only Thing That Unites Us, by Peter J. Watson

(Shutterstock/Gabriel Leonardo Guerrero)

Peter J. Watson’s Football and Nation Building in Colombia: The Only Thing That Unites Us (Liverpool University Press) explores the pivotal role that football played as part of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ national unity project centered on the peace process with the FARC. Our reviewer Torbjörn Andersson finds that Watson shows the unique part that football has played in Colombian political history; however, he would happily sacrifice the multitude of details about Santos for more in-depth analyses of the nation’s football history. (Review in English, published 230911.)

Cycling Diplomacy: Undemocratic Regimes and Professional Road Cycling Teams Sponsorship, by Jiří Zákravský

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In his study Cycling Diplomacy: Undemocratic Regimes and Professional Road Cycling Teams Sponsorship (Peter Lang Publishing), Jiří Zákravský presents four case studies to show that undemocratic states use sponsoring of pro cycling teams to promote their nations. We asked sport historian and diplomacy specialist Heather L. Dichter for a review. She found a multitude of empirical data in the book, but also a glaring omission of analyses, in the case studies as well as in the overall conclusion. (Review in English, published 230914.)

New Blog Post

Sport: Socially Divided, Spuriously Unified?, by David Rowe

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It is often claimed that sport has a unique capacity to unite whole nations and even the entire world. Especially during what Dayan and Katz in their book Media Events call “high holidays of mass communication” like the Summer Olympics, euphoria is felt and expressed by many, not least in the media. When mega-events are in play, even those who do not care much for sport get drawn into the spectacle because the media paper our cultural walls with it. (Published in English 230913.)

New Issues of Scholarly Journals

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

  • The Sport Psychologist, Volume 37, 2023, Issue 2 (230911)
  • Sport in Society, Volume 26, 2023, Issue 4 (230911)
  • Leisure Studies, Volume 42, 2023, Issue 3 | Leisure, Inequalities, and the Global South (230912)
  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 45, 2021, Issue 3 (230912)
  • International Journal of Sport Communication, Volume 16, 2023, No. 2 (230912)
  • European Sport Management Quarterly, Volume 23, 2023, Issue 3 (230913)

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

  • Call for Papers | “Sports Journalists as Agents of Change: Shifting Political Goalposts in Nordic Countries”, Special Issue of Media and Communication | Call ends September 15, 2023 (230912)
  • Call for Papers | Visual Methods in/as Leisure Research, Special Issue of World Leisure Journal | Call ends January 31, 2024 (230913)
  • Call for Papers | The 6th annual conference for the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR) | California State University, Fullerton, March 14–15, 2024. Call ends December 4, 2023 (230914)
  • Call for Conference Papers | “Sport and Religion: Antiquity, modernity and contemporaneity” | Porto, Portugal, January 2024. Call ends November 15, 2023 (230915)

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