Book review

Where to Australian Soccer

The changes in the Australian football (soccer) landscape over the past 10-15 years have been well-commented upon and the continual source of much contention and fierce debate. Indeed, perhaps there is no sport in Australia that is so thoroughly contested as that of football. While Australian Rules and Rugby League dominate the media throughout the…

A Quick Innings

Vecsey, George. 2008. Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game, New York:  The Modern Library. I am reading books on baseball yes I am. Perhaps baseball is one of the most incongruous sports. Its slowness and efforts at maintaining tradition are matched by its will to innovation and dislocation. Clubs move around the States losing…

Black and Proud

The Blackness of the Game: After Reading Klugman and Osmond’s, Black and Proud Sport is a social space in which racism can be both perpetuated and combated. Sport, as a part of mainstream society, is implicated in debates and discourses on racism at all of its levels. From the amateur level, to that of the…

Bonek

Bonek I am reading Fajar Junaedi’s book Bonek: Grup Supporter Terbesar dan Pertama di Indonesia (Yogyakarta: Buku Litera 2012), yes I am.  From my search of the KITLV catalogue, this appears to be the first monograph on a supporter group or soccer fans in Indonesia. Junaedi is an academic based at Universitas Muhamadiyah Yogyakarta. He…

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