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 Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This three-volume set acknowledges the importance of women in sports at the global level, both from a historical perspective and in light of rapid developments in the field at the close of the 20th century. About 400 topics are categorized into sports and athletic activities, women's sport in society and the culture of women's sport, health issues, organizations, events, national programs, and people. Approximately 150 articles discuss the history of particular sports, the history and current status of women's participation in each, and the basic rules of play. The 65 culture of sports articles cover issues such as aggression, media, commercialization, lesbianism and homophobia, values and ethics, and religion, as well as non- competitive aspects of sports including gender verification, drugs and drug testing, motivation, family involvement, marketing, sexual harassment, and sponsorship. Also included are biographies of 130-plus women who have been influential in the development of women's sport, as well as information on 12 active organizations and 18 international multi-sport competitions. The volumes contain many b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)