Sport, Outdoor Life and the Nordic World explores the Nordic model of sport and outdoor life with respect to such issues as sport facilities, mountain guiding, women and ethnic minorities, urban planning, anti-doping, health, elite sport coaching and leadership, and the globalization of sport.
The aims of the volume are twofold. First, it advances knowledge of Nordic sport and outdoor life, as important fields of social activity in their own rights. Second, it enhances the understanding of the ‘Nordic model’ of society, and the ways in which this is constructed, explored and challenged within and through sport and outdoor life activities. In doing so, the contributors explore a range of key themes, notably: how modern Nordic sport and outdoor life activities emerged and are organized through specific social policies; how they may challenge or harbour forms of social exclusion, particularly in regard to gender or minority populations; how they are affected by, and respond to, deviant practices such as doping; how they may contribute to alleviating social problems; and how they confront major structural challenges and changes, such as the impacts of globalization and the continuing dominance of neoliberal economic policies.
Interdisciplinary in approach, Sport, Outdoor Life and the Nordic World is essential reading for those studying Nordic sports and societies, and will also appeal to students, academics and wider readers with interests in sport studies, sociology, social policy, cultural studies, anthropology and public health. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
1. Sport, outdoor life and the Nordic world: an introduction
Nils Asle Bergsgard, Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, Richard Giulianotti and Jan Ove Tangen
2. National structures for building and managing sport facilities: a comparative analysis of the Nordic countries
Nils Asle Bergsgard, Katja Borodulin, Josef Fahlen, Jens Høyer-Kruse and Evald Bundgård Iversen
3. Sport and civil society in the Nordic region
Richard Giulianotti, Hannu Itkonen, Arto Nevala and Anna-Katriina Salmikangas
4. The organizing and regulation of mountain guiding in Scandinavia 1820–2016, with a glance at the Alps
Cleng Andersen Eikje, André Horgen and Johan Arnegård
5. Outdoor life, nature experience, and sports in Norway: tensions and dilemmas in the preservation and use of urban forest
Kirsti Pedersen Gurholt and Trygve B. Broch
6. The Nordic model and multiculturalism: the case of Sámi sport
Eivind Å. Skille
7. Exploring the minority–majority gap in sport participation: different patterns for boys and girls?
Åse Strandbu, Anders Bakken and Mira Aaboen Sletten
8. The gendering of media sport in the Nordic countries
Jorid Hovden and Gerd von der Lippe
9. Scandinavian exceptionalism in anti-doping within sport: rooted in ideologies of social welfare and paternalism?
Jan Ove Tangen and Verner Møller
10. The use of physical activity, sport and outdoor life as tools of psychosocial intervention: the Nordic perspective
Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, Eva Andersson, James Best, Simon Høegmark and Kirsten Kaya Roessler
11. Deconstructing high performance Nordic sport: the case study of women’s handball (the ‘team as method’)
Liv B. Hemmestad and Robyn L. Jones
12. The success culture of Nordic football: the cases of the national men’s teams of Norway in the 1990s and Iceland in the 2010s
Frode Telseth and Vidar Halldorsson
13. Glocal culture, sporting decline? Globalization and football in Scandinavia
Torbjörn Andersson and Hans Hognestad