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Sport, Violence and Society Kevin Young

Sport, Violence and Society

Kevin Young

Published January 10th 2012
ISBN : 9780415549943
Hardcover
233 pages
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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 comprehensiveMoreIs 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 OCysports-related violenceOCO, 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 OCo from professional soccer in Europe to ice hockey in North America OCo 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.