224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Nils Asle Bergsgard is Professor in Sport Sociology at the University of South-Eastern Norway. He currently holds a position as Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty for Humanities, Sports and Educational Sciences. His main research interests are in sport policy and sport facility policy.

    Solfrid Bratland-Sanda is Associate Professor in Sport Sciences at University of South-Eastern Norway. Her main research interests are physical activity, exercise, sports and health in adolescents and clinical populations.

    Richard Giulianotti is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University, and Professor II at the University of South-Eastern Norway. His main research interests are in sport, globalization, development, peace, youth and mega-events.

    Jan Ove Tangen is Professor of Sport Sociology at the University of South-Eastern Norway. His main interest are in sociological systems theory as well as doing research on inclusion/exclusion processes in sport, the use of legal and illegal performance enhancing substances, and the politics behind the Norwegian sports model.