Sport in Iceland

How Small Nations Achieve International Success

Author: Vidar Halldorsson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1134812302

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 142

View: 6817

Iceland is a tiny Nordic nation with a population of just 330,000 and no professional sports leagues, and yet its soccer, basketball and handball teams have all qualified for major international tournaments in recent years. This fascinating study argues that team sport success is culturally produced and that in order to understand collective achievement we have to consider the socio-cultural context. Based on unparalleled access to key personnel, including top coaches, athletes and administrators, the book explores Icelandic cultural capital as a factor in sporting success, from traditions of workmanship, competitive play and teamwork to international labour migration and knowledge transfer. The first book to focus specifically on the socio-cultural aspects of a small nation’s international sporting success, this is an original and illuminating contribution to the study of the sociology of sport. Sport in Iceland: How small nations achieve international success is fascinating reading for team sport enthusiasts, coaches, managers and organisers, as well as for any student or scholar with an interest in the sociology of sport, strategic sports development, sports policy or sports administration.

Sport in Scandinavia and the Nordic Countries

Author: Ken Green,Thorsteinn Sigurjónsson,Eivind Åsrum Skille

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351684582

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 6492

The Scandinavian and Nordic countries have some of the highest participation rates in sport and physical activity in the world and are therefore important case studies across a range of subjects, from sport policy to physical activity and health. This is the first book to bring together studies of all those countries in one volume, examining sport, physical activity and exercise, and exploring the factors behind such high levels of participation. Rich in empirical data, the book examines trends in sports participation, organisation and policy in each of the constituent countries, highlighting common themes and outcomes. This is a valuable resource for students, researchers and academics working in the fields of sport, physical education, leisure, sport policy, sport development, the sociology of sport, and physical activity and health.

Sport and Physical Activity

The Role of Health Promotion

Author: Ms Jacqueline Merchant,Ms Barbara Griffin,Anne Charnock

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137061278

Category: Medical

Page: 328

View: 7682

This authoritative introduction to physical activity applies the main theories, models and approaches in health promotion to the field of sport and exercise. It draws together the disciplines of psychology, sociology, physiology and social policy to look at issues affecting the health of individuals, of communities and of society as a whole.

The Oxonian in Iceland

With Glances at Icelandic Folk-lore and Sagas

Author: Frederick Metcalfe

Publisher: London : [s.n.]


Category: Folklore

Page: 424

View: 8074


The Sociology of Hypocrisy

An Analysis of Sport and Religion

Author: Stephen G. Wieting

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317015339

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 4651

With close attention to the spheres of sport and religion as important sites of moral currency, this book draws on media coverage of major cases of hypocrisy, attending to differing meanings and consequences of hypocrisy within the US, France and Iceland. Instances come from scandals within the established churches, as well as cases from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Tour de France, and the inquest into the Hillsborough Disaster in the UK. It considers the importance of the context within which moral conduct takes place and the relevance of this for the occurrence of hypocritical action, while exploring also the implications of advances in computer and information technology for controlling messages and monitoring deceit. Identifying the negative effects of the detection of hypocrisy at individual and institutional levels, the author engages with the work of Goffman to argue for the importance of trust in institutions, underlining the necessity of minimizing and correcting hypocritical acts by which this is undermined. A detailed study of hypocrisy and the need for trust, this volume will appeal to scholars and students of sociology with interests in social and moral conduct, sport, religion, Goffman and the notion of social life as artifice.


Author: Francis R. McBride

Publisher: Oxford, England : Clio Press


Category: Reference

Page: 345

View: 1231

The Republic of iceland, situated near the Arctic Circle, comprises one large island and numerous smaller ones. Iceland became independent in 1944 and is a founder-member of the Nordic Council, and a member of NATO and the Council for Europe. Iceland is the most geologically active country in the world, with geysers, volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls. This descriptive, annotated bibliography provides an updated listing of significant books and articles about Iceland.

Reading Comprehension, Grade 6

Author: N.A

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

ISBN: 1620579618

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 5619

These nationally acclaimed titles ensure students’ academic success with teachers and parents. The key to the Master Skills series is reinforcing skills through practice using a contemporary approach to learning fundamentals through real-life applications

School Inclusion in Iceland

The Cloak of Invisibility

Author: Dóra S. Bjarnason

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781590336120

Category: Education

Page: 218

View: 2701

This book describes the recent and current changes taking place in the small Nordic welfare state of Iceland. The author takes the reader into the school system, the movement to integrate students with special and psychological difficulties into general schools and the pattern of inclusive schooling where Iceland -- along with other Nordic countries -- has gone far. For those who are interested in the changes which have taken place in relation to disabled people this is a remarkable story that provides a wealth of data and insights from an author well placed in terms of her teaching, research and personal experiences. This book tells the story of Benedict (and that of his mother -- the author) and is the remarkable experience of a young man, typical in many ways but unusual in others. He does not speak, he suffers from insignificant impairments -- both intellectual and physical-and needs support twenty four hours a day. This is Benedict's and Dora's experience. Readers cannot fail to be moved, perhaps to tears, by this life story.

Horse-based Tourism in Iceland – An analysis of the travel motivation of equestrian tourists

Author: Meike Bruch

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954895382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 56

View: 2674

Despite the fact that horse-based tourism is very popular on the high-impact recreational activity, this research field was given only little attention so far. Although, motivation theories have been related to jobs and tourism in general, little is known about the target groups of equestrian tourists. The purpose of this study is to investigate in how far Landsmót becomes responsible for the German Icelandic horse community's motivation to visit Iceland. Thereby, an emphasis is placed on the individual's motivation that decides about the visit to Landsmót, and the resulting impact on their final travel decision. To identify correlations between tourist motivation and destination choice, the study is based on a cross-sectional explanatory research purpose, using a mixed-model research method which consists of a survey and an archival research. In order to answer those research questions, a questionnaire was developed which comprises responses from 222 German Icelandic horse community members. Overall, this study provides a background, and status quo for further specific investigations that concern the travel behaviour of the Icelandic horse community in Germany.

Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland

With an Appendix Containing Translations from the Icelandic and 51 Illustrations Engraved on Wood by W. J. Linton

Author: Andrew James Symington

Publisher: N.A


Category: Faroe Islands

Page: 315

View: 7594


Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408102056

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

View: 5815

An invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the fascinating world of sport, containing over 5,000 terms relating to sport and exercise science. Coverage includes anatomy, physiology, physiotherapy, biology, sports medicine, sporting rules and regulations, governing bodies, health and fitness and banned substances.

The Modern Vikings: Stories of Life and Sport in the Norseland

Author: Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465585796


Page: N.A

View: 7066

All night long the storm danced wildly about the cottage, rattling the windows, shaking the walls, and making fierce assaults upon the door, as if it meant to burst in. Sometimes it bellowed hoarsely down the chimney, and whirled the ashes on the hearth, like a gray snowdrift, through the room. The fire had been put out, of course; but the dancing ashes kept up a fitful patter, like that of a pelting rainstorm, against the walls; they even penetrated into the sleeping alcoves and powdered the heads of their occupants. For in Iceland it is only well-to-do people who can afford to have separate sleeping-rooms; ordinary folk sleep in little closed alcoves, along the walls of the sitting-room; masters and servants, parents and children, guests and wayfarers, all retiring at night into square little holes in the walls, where they undress behind sliding trapdoors which may be opened again, when the lights have been put out, and the supply of air threatens to become exhausted. It was in a little closet of this sort that Thoralf and Jens were lying, listening to the roar of the storm. Thoralf dozed off occasionally, and tried gently to extricate himself from his frightened brother’s embrace; but Jens lay with wide-open eyes, staring into the dark, and now and then sliding the trapdoor aside and peeping out, until a blinding shower of ashes would again compel him to slip his head under the sheepskin coverlet. When at last he summoned courage to peep out, he could not help shuddering. It was terribly cheerless and desolate. And all the time his father’s words kept ringing ironically in his ears: “Iceland is the most beautiful land the sun doth shine upon.” For the first time in his life he began to question whether his father might not possibly be mistaken, or, perhaps, blinded by his love for his country. But the boy immediately repented of this doubt, and, as if to convince himself in spite of everything, kept repeating the patriotic motto to himself until he fell asleep.