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International encyclopedia of women and sports
Christensen, Karen, 1957-
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Reference USA, [2001]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
v. 1. A-G -- v. 2. H-R -- v. 3. S-Z. Index.



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GV709 .I58 2001 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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A resource on women and sport, this work provides coverage from earliest recorded times to the dawn of the 21st century, as well as geographical and cultural context.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The work of more than 250 contributors from 39 nations, this set covers women in sports on the world scene. With the growth of interest in women's sports, such a compendium helps bring together a variety of information covering individuals, sports, and related issues. The work began as an attempt to improve the coverage of women's sports in scholarly reference works. The editors elected to take the broadest interpretation of sports. There are 150 articles, with 75 devoted to sports by country or region. Black-and-white photographs accompany many of the articles, and sidebars provide statistics and other related information. The content is current up to June 2000, which means that the Summer Olympics in Australia are not covered. Most articles are at least one page in length, and others are much longer. Many conclude with a bibliography. Appendixes cover topics such as "Female Medalists at the Summer Olympics," "Female Medalists at the Winter Olympics," and "Major Women's Sports Organizations." An extensive index with main entries in bold type completes the set. Entries treat the history and current status of individual sports from Acrobatics to Yoga and athletes from U.S. golfer Margaret Abbott (1878^-1955) to Russian skier Ljubov Yegorova (1966^-). Even countries that are not known for women's sports, such as Afghanistan, are covered. Major events such as the Olympics, Special Olympics, Gay Games, and Deaf Olympics receive coverage. Perhaps the strongest part of the encyclopedia is the discussion of health (e.g., Anemia, Eating disorders, Osteoporosis) and issues such as Lesbianism, Self-esteem, and Sexual harassment. A useful "Reader's Guide" in volume one organizes entry headings under broad categories such as "Biographies" and "Countries and Regions." This work is larger and more current than either The Women's Sports Encyclopedia (Holt, 1997), or Encyclopedia of Women and Sports (ABC-CLIO, 1996). Although not completely free from errors (Mary Queen of Scots is identified as living in the eighteenth century in Horseback riding; Berkeley is misspelled in a sidebar in Spectators), it is reasonably accurate. The International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports is an important contribution to the study of women's participation in athletic activity. The wide variety of coverage and depth of the articles will make it a valuable addition to any collection needing information on women or sports. It is appropriate for public and academic libraries.

Library Journal Review

A monumental undertaking, this encyclopedia covers women's sports worldwide and throughout history. In addition to 441 articles, it includes a list of contributors (with affiliations), a list of articles by subject, a statement of purpose, bibliographies after nearly all articles, appendixes about the Olympics, and a 38-page index. Articles on sports include the expected ("Tennis"), the less popular ("Broomball, "Double Dutch," "Falconry"), and those from outside the United States ("Camogie," "Korfball"). There are 130 articles on athletes ("Pat Summitt," "Kornelia Ender"), 62 articles on countries ("China"), 19 on health issues ("Osteoporosis"), and 66 on social/cultural issues ("Femininity," "Ethics"). The international perspective continues in articles on events ("African Games") and organizations. Photographs accompany most articles, and the overall appearance is attractive and easy to read. This encyclopedia's strengths lie in its unique, cross-cultural treatment of all subjects. For example, the 11-page basketball article treats the sport's history, the United States, and the state of basketball in various regions worldwide. Also, all sports receive in-depth coverage: "Boxing" (eight pages), "Table Tennis" (six pages), and even "Baton Twirling" (three pages). There are some exceptional articles ("Sportswear Industry," "Volkssport," "Magazines") and some outstanding bibliographies ("Gay Games," "Coeducational Sport"). On the downside, this reviewer found several typographical errors, omissions in the index, and some inadequate bibliographies ("Golf": two items; "Ringette": none; "Nancy Lopez": only web sites). Nevertheless, this encyclopedia succeeds admirably in its goal to "acknowledge the importance of women in sports at the global level." A scholarly resource for public libraries and schools at all levels, middle school through college. Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The editors' primary goals are to provide an account of the history and current status of women's sport, and to acknowledge the worldwide importance of women in sport. Contributors from 39 countries and consultants in 12 additional countries provide unique international perspectives; this is the first multivolume treatment of a topic previously slighted in scholarly reference works. Although limited to the Americas, Encyclopedia of Women and Sports in America, ed. by Carole Oglesby (CH, Oct'98), provides excellent coverage. The wide coverage of the present encyclopedia reflects the diversity in women's sport--e.g., cheerleading, backpacking, yoga, volleyball, tennis, swimming. The 400 articles are arranged alphabetically, paged consecutively through the three volumes. The "Reader's Guide" (table of contents) lists seven categories ("Biographies," 130 articles; "Countries and Regions," 75; "Events," 18; "Issues," 65; "Medicine & Health," 22; "Organizations," 12; and "Sports," 150), allowing readers to identify groups of articles or topics. Discussion of individual sports, groups of related sports, and athletic activities includes the history of each sport and the history and current status of women's participation in it. Biographies treat subjects who had major roles in developing women's sports, served as role models, or exemplified major developments in women's sport. Mildred (Babe) Didrickson Zaharias, for instance, was the first woman athlete to earn a six-figure annual income. Major health issues of concern to female athletes (e.g., amenorrhea, osteoporosis, eating disorders) are given excellent coverage. There are illustrations, sidebars, and an index with main entries in boldface. Appendixes list female medalists at the summer and winter Olympics, women in the summer Olympics by sport, nation, and continent. Women Olympic athletes have increased from 22 participants in 1900 (Paris) to 3,512 in 1996 (Atlanta). Highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries. J. P. Miller Texas A&M University