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Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport - John H. Kerr

Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2004
ISBN: 9780415286640
Number Of Pages: 176

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Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport explores the psychological aspects of these two intrinsic elements of competitive sport.

This book critically examines the important issues associated with aggression and violence in sport, including:

* a review of current theory in the psychology of aggression
* exploration of how players become acclimatised to physical violence
* discussion of the psychological benefits of sanctioned and unsanctioned sport violence
* examination of the moral and ethical dimensions of the debate
* the psychological basis of spectator aggression
* case studies from a wide variety of sports.

This text is a must read for researchers and students within sport studies, psychology and sociology with an interest in human violence and aggressive behaviour.

Industry Reviews

'If the only goal that this book achieved was to throw down the gauntlet and challenge our field to look closer at the problem of violence in sport, then it would have been a temendous success. John Kerr does this and much more ... [he] dares to go where predecessors would not ...' - Mitch Abrams, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

'[Kerr] deftly explains the complexities of reversal theory, a general psychological theory of motivation, and applies it to a myriad of different sporting situations with a clarity born of conviction ... this exciting and illuminating book should be read by all psychologists for its fascinating insights into aggression and violence.' - Dr Michael Ford, www.thepsychologist.org.uk, May 2005

The state of play: Incidents, definitions and explanations
Getting started with reversal theory
New beginnings: A reversal theory view of violence
The joy of physical contact: Sanctioned aggression and violence in sport
When things turn ugly: Unsanctioned aggression and violence
Taking the hard knocks: Children's and youth sport
Beyond the pale: Fan violence and sports riots
Blood and guts: observing violence in sport
The final whistle: Rounding off
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ISBN: 9780415286640
ISBN-10: 0415286646
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 23rd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1