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Vidar Halldorsson
University of Iceland
Social environmentSociologyIcelandicSocial scienceSocial psychology
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Iceland attracted international attention when its national football team qualified for the 2018 Men’s World Cup. This surprise qualification made Iceland the smallest nation to qualify in the 88-y...
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#1Vidar Halldorsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 4
ABSTRACTIcelandic football has recently attracted widespread international attention. Iceland – with a population of 340.000 – is by far the smallest nation to have qualified for major internationa...
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#1Frode Telseth (University College of Southeast Norway)H-Index: 1
#2Vidar Halldorsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 4
AbstractEvery now and then – but with surprising regularity – small nations break through to the international level in sports and attract the attention of the global sports world. This paper focuses on two such occasions in men’s international football: the Norwegian national team in the 1990s and Iceland’s national team in the 2010s. We conducted case studies of the two teams, which consisted of interviews, observation of games and published material. The key emerging themes were how sport suc...
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Abstract In this study, we analyze sport as a cultural product of a particular place. We use the concept of “tradition” to highlight the collective (as opposed to individual) aspects of sport, emphasizing the importance of temporality, emergence, and novelty in social processes. We conducted a case study of internationally successful Icelandic men’s team handball that provides an interesting topic in this respect. Our findings challenge decades of research on sport that has stressed innate talen...
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The creation of team spirit and team cooperation is one of the most important and difficult challenges of contemporary sports (Cashmore, 2003, 59; Pescosolido and Saavedra, 2012). Its importance lies in the potential it has to add to the pool of individual talent and skills of a team. Its challenges are due to its mystique as an emergent (and invisible-to-the-naked-eye) phenomenon. Effective team spirit can be influential in producing teams that become something more than the mere sum of their p...
#1Thorolfur Thorlindsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 24
#2Vidar Halldorsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 4
Last. Inga Dora SigfusdottirH-Index: 45
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The aim of this study is to test empirically the sociological theory of craftsmanship originally developed by C. Wright Mills, Torstein Veblen, and Howard Becker and later extended by Harper, Sennett, and Fine. We conduct a quantitative analysis based on a nationally representative sample of 10,783 Icelandic adolescents (50.2% girls). We developed a scale measuring craftsmanship that we use to test several hypotheses regarding the role of craftsmanship in sport and education. Our findings provid...
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#1Vidar Halldorsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 4
#2Thorolfur Thorlindsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 24
Last. Michael A. Katovich (TCU: Texas Christian University)H-Index: 12
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AbstractThe importance of creating and maintaining a working order and solidarity among sports teams is one of the more taken-for-granted assumptions among participants and observers. Even so, delineating the dynamics of its importance, especially in regard to teamwork and insider knowledge (or secrecy) remains unexplored. This paper attempts to fill this gap by employing classical sociological concepts from Durkheim, Mead, and Goffman to discuss the practical and sociological importance of team...
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Preface: "The general within the particular" Part I: Setting the Scene 1. Introduction: "Small" teams and "big" results 2. From Nature and Nurture, to Culture: Theoretical basis and methods 3. Sport in Iceland: History, culture and organization Part II: How Icelandic Sports Progressed 4. Building the Infrastructure: Towards professionalism 5. New Conditions, New Generations, New heights Part III: How Icelanders Play Sport 6. The Icelandic "Madness": Winning the character contest 7. Teamwork: Pla...
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