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New Perspectives on Sport and 'Deviance' : Consumption, Peformativity and Social Control - Tim Crabbe

New Perspectives on Sport and 'Deviance'

Consumption, Peformativity and Social Control


Published: 23rd September 2004
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New Perspectives on Sport and Deviance examines a significant contradiction in our way of thinking about contemporary sport. On one side, there is a growing awareness of behaviour that is judged to be deviant or outside the frameworks of 'normal' sporting practice, such as drug taking, violence, corruption, cheating, racism, homophobia and sexual abuse. On the other side, there exists a tendency within sporting, political and popular discourses to regard sport as an activity that is conferred with a whole series of positive attributes, a view that conceives sport as an unquestionably positive force in terms of individual and social development. In this systematic assessment of deviance in sport, the authors employ innovative theoretical approaches, building on Foucauldian notions of a 'normalising gaze', to reveal the ways in which deviant behaviours are defined, and inclusive and exclusive practices are policed, within specific sporting cultures.

Prefacep. ix
Reviewing perspectives on sport and 'deviance'p. 1
Introduction: endings or new beginnings?p. 3
Gladiatorial sociology: grand narratives, deviancy theory and sportp. 18
Beyond grand narratives: poststructuralism, new directions and functionalist legaciesp. 42
Re-imagining theory and 'method'p. 61
Understanding sport and 'deviance' in liquid modernity: a conceptual 'toolkit'p. 63
'Talking tactics': representing 'deviance' in sportp. 88
'Watching the game': evoking the new aesthetics of sport and 'deviance'p. 107
The Premiership: sporting soap opera and consumptive 'deviance'p. 109
Cruising and the performativity of consumptive 'deviance'p. 134
'Jumpers for goalposts': the community sports agenda and the search for effective social controlp. 153
Conclusion: they call it 'roasting'p. 176
Notesp. 184
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415288842
ISBN-10: 0415288843
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 23rd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.55  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1