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Sport, Violence and Society

By Kevin Young

Routledge – 2012 – 220 pages

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Description

  • Is violence an intrinsic component of contemporary sport?
  • How does violence within sport reflect upon the attitudes of wider society?

In this landmark study of violence in and around contemporary sport, Kevin Young offers the first comprehensive sociological analysis of an issue of central importance within sport studies. The book explores organized and spontaneous violence, both on the field and off, and calls for a much broader definition of ‘sports-related violence’, to include issues as diverse as criminal behaviour by players, abuse within sport and exploitatory labor practices.

Offering a sophisticated new theoretical framework for understanding violence in a sporting context, and including a wide range of case-studies and empirical data – from professional soccer in Europe to ice hockey in North America – the book establishes a benchmark for the study of violence within sport and wider society. Through close examination of often contradictory trends, from anti-violence initiatives in professional sports leagues to the role of the media in encouraging hyper-aggression, the book throws new light on our understanding of the socially-embedded character of sport and its fundamental ties to history, culture, politics, social class, gender and the law.

Reviews

"The sheer number of questions and topics raised in the course of this reimagining of the field as well as the plethora of sources used will make Sports, Violence and Society an important source for scholars of violence interested in broadening the horizons of the study of violence." - Sam Bieler, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, May 2013

"[The book's] international aspect, and precising of various theoretical approaches certainly make it a worthwhile purchase for university libraries. It is a useful addition to an area of study which titillates and enthuses undergraduates, and provides constant challenges for scholars." – Managing Leisure

Contents

Preface 1. A History of Violence: Definitions, Theories, and Perspectives 2. Player Violence: The Drift to Criminalization 3. Crowd Violence: From Hooliganism to Post-Event Riots 4. Formations of Sports-Related Violence: Widening the Focus 5. Risk, Pain, and Injury in Sport: A Cause or Effect of Violence? 6. Sport in the Panopticon: The Social Control of SRV 7. An Eye on SRV: The Role of the Media 8. Stratified SRV: Stasis and Change. Conclusion

Author Bio

Kevin Young is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Sport Journal and Soccer and Society. Young has also served on the executive board of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and as vice president of the International Sociology of Sport Association.

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Description: By Kevin Young. Is violence an intrinsic component of contemporary sport? How does violence within sport reflect upon the attitudes of wider society? In this landmark study of violence in and around contemporary sport, Kevin Young offers the first comprehensive...
Categories: Sociology of Sport, Sport and Social Problems, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology & Delinquency, Sociology of Culture, Popular Culture, Social Theory, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Socio-Legal Studies, Crime and Society, Ethics and Philosophy of Sport, Sports History