March 2019

Last modified: 05.04.2019


This year’s conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport focuses on “Decolonizing Sports Sociology”

We are working on proposing a session with the title: “Decolonizing sports and migration studies”, and possibly gathering the papers presented at NASS in a special issue. If you are interested in joining this session please send a title and short abstract to Sine Agergaard ( before April 15. Read more about the conference here:

NEW Book

Globalized Sport Management in Diverse Cultural Contexts. By: James J. Chang and Brenda G. Pitts

Cross-cultural management is an important facet of the globalized sport industry. Sport managers must be skilled at working with individuals from diverse cultures and aware of the key issues affecting sport on a global level. This book brings together cutting-edge research from leading sport scholars around the world, to illuminate some of those important issues and to demonstrate what cross-cultural management looks like in a sporting context.

Presenting case studies from countries as diverse as the US, Brazil, Poland and Venezuela, and across a range of sports from football to basketball, the book presents new empirical material derived from a range of inquiry protocols, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. It offers critical analyses of cross-cultural and managerial issues in key areas such as group cohesiveness, group communications, along with studies of misperception and misinterpretation.

The book contains a chapter by spomi-net member William Crossan: Purchasing power? A cross-sport comparison of the use of imported athletes in Czech sport. The chapter examines four sports, each of which have experienced increasing immigration, to see the scope, effect and governance of these patterns. While existing research has mainly examined sport migration from a sociological perspective, those making decisions within these sports about the transfer and use of athletic migrants often view things on competitive grounds and increasingly from a business perspective. Thus, the chapter examines the issue of sports migration in light of the push and pull factors influencing sport managers.

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Call for papers

Call for Papers for a special issue of New Diversities, a journal of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversitY

Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Researching Ethnoheterogenesis in Contexts of Diversities and Social Change
Guest Editors: Mathias Bös, Nina-Clara Tiesler & Deborah Sielert 

Researching the emergence of ethnicities has a long tradition in diverse social sciences and in the humanities. The term ethnogenesis originally described constitutive processes of ethnic group(ing)s, their possible fissions, de-ethnization, expansion, or new formations over time and space (Singer 1962, Voss 2008). However, it appears that current analytical concepts and frameworks to describe the genesis of ethnicities and societal change through ethnic diversification are too limited to grasp these complex and multi-dimensional formative processes (Barth 1969, Fardon 1987, Thompson 2011, Bös 2015). These concepts (e.g., assimilation, (hybrid) “identity”, integration, diversity, inclusion, multi-ethnic societies, etc.) often represent normative self-descriptions by civil society rather than analytical categories of heuristic value. Therefore, new concepts are regularly developed, such as Superdiversity (Vertovec) and Ethnic and Symbolic Boundaries (Barth, Wimmer) or intersectionality (Crenshaw), concepts which are used as a starting point to sharpen a new process category that we coin Ethnoheterogenesis (Tiesler 2018).

The aim of the special issue is to further develop Ethnoheterogenesis or other new alternatives as analytical categories for processes of socio-cultural change in complex settings of transnationally constituted societies that can be coined ethnoheterogeneous (Claussen 2013). We invite scholars for a critical contribution in favor of further theorizing, along the concept of Ethnoheterogenesis or other analytical tools. Both conceptual papers and empirical studies are welcomed. We are also interested in covering a wide range of geographical locations and would like to draw on a diverse set of case studies.

500-word abstracts and short CVs (up to 300 words) are due to the guest editor ( no later than April 28, 2019. Authors will be notified of the decision by Mid-May, 2019. For the articles accepted to the special issue, full papers, of 8000 words, will be due in September, 2019, with a planned publication date of spring 2020.

New Diversities (previously the International Journal on Multicultural Societies) is an international, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, committed to publishing interdisciplinary and policy-related social science research in the fields of diversity, migration, multicultural policies, and human rights.

Call for Chapters 

Title: Leisure and forced migration: Reframing critical analysis of lives lived in the asylum system 
Editors: Nicola De Martini Ugolotti and Jayne Caudwell, Bournemouth University, UK 
Publisher: Routledge. Advancing Leisure Series

In the last two decades, leisure practices and opportunities in the lives of migrants resettling into host countries in Europe, North-America and Oceania have received an increasing academic attention. This interest reflects the relevance that forced migration assumed in public, policy and media coverage and debate in numerous locations around the world. However, as Lewis (2015) notes, a wealth of scholars’ interest in the topic tends to centre policy-driven themes, concepts and questions, which identify leisure activities and constraints in relation to refugees’ adaptation, integration, skills-acquisition, and/or (mental) health and wellbeing (see Amara et al., 2005; Stack and Iwasaki, 2009; Whitley et al., 2016; Hurly, 2017, 2018). Building on what Bakewell (2008) argued in the field of refugee studies, we contend that leisure research that have adopted categories and priorities of policy makers and practitioners as the frame of reference have left invisible and unexplored a series of significant questions. Some of these questions relate to the role of leisure in: challenging humanitarian discourses that describe refugees as passive objects of moral compassion; highlighting the contested and multi-layered histories of post-colonial (forced) migration; challenging perpetuated analysis and implicit assessments of forced migrants’ activities as either relating to becoming ‘integrated’ or not; enabling the redefinition of diasporic identities within and beyond ethnic/national/religious lines; and making possible and visible the practices of intersectional solidarity and activism, or situational appropriations of ‘in-between’ urban spaces. 

By exploring these themes through the lens of leisure, this collection aims to develop existing accounts of leisure and migration, as well as offer a unique contribution to analysis of forced migration and its intersections with identity, community, rights, security, citizenship and humanity in our historical present. 

In the collection, leisure will be considered in its broadest sense to include practices and contexts such as recreational physical activities and active leisure, expressive and artistic endeavours, moments and places of consumption and sociality, cultural and religious events, the everyday, routine and mundane. 

Building on the contribution of critical leisure studies perspectives on class, gender, race and ethnicity, and migration, we welcome work from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, cultural geography, gender studies, migration studies, anthropology and the humanities. In particular, we invite contributions from non-western and global south contexts, and from community activists/organizers.


Submissions of abstract: 1 May 2019
Invitation to submit chapter: 10 May 2019
Chapter submission 20 December 2019
Feedback to authors: 31 January 2020
Completed chapters due: 24 April 2020 
Completed book submission to Routledge: 1 August 2020

Please contact Dr. Nicola De Martini Ugolotti or Dr Jayne Caudwell for further information. 

New Member of phd study group

Jora Broerse has joined the PhD study group. Jora Broerse is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, she completed the Research Master Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research is concerned with lived multiculturalism, migrant integration, and space making practices in the context of sport in super-diverse neighbourhoods. Jora Broerse’s work has previously been published in the Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies and the Journal for Intercultural Studies.

Please visit Jora’s profile - welcome to our network.