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Sport and Violence

A Critical Examination of Sport

* Examines the culture of violence that permeates and surrounds sport, including the sociological causes of that violence, and what can be done to mitigate them
* Features an international perspective with examples of sport violence from throughout the world
* Offers a historical view on the evolution of violence in sport

Sport and Violence takes a critical look at the culture of ‘sports rage’ and aggression in the sporting industry, covering ethical, historical and sociological causes and impacts. It examines international examples of sport violence, including: the father of a tennis competitor placing a drug in the drinks of her competitors; a player’s neck broken after being attacked from behind by an opponent in an NHL game; hooliganism in international soccer and more.

The book not only attempts to explain how and why such violence originates, it examines its impact on society outside sport and suggests potential remedies for the problem. Its up-to-date and in-depth coverage of a controversial issue therefore makes it a valuable asset to both sports students and professionals working in sports management.
By Lynn Jamieson, Professor and Former Chair, Indiana University, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, USA and Thomas Orr, Doctoral Student, Head Coach, Indiana University Hockey Program, USA

Primarily a supplemental text for students at the graduate/advanced undergraduate level in courses such as: Sport Sociology, Sport Ethics, Sport and Society, Sport and Violence, Sport Psychology; Sport management academics and professionals;


Published: May 2009

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8405-7


  • I. Our Violent Society – National and GlobalII. The Status of Sport and ViolenceIII. The Exploration of Societal FactorsIV. The Role of Violence and Sport V. Causes of Sport ViolenceVI. Fan – Sport Environment Interaction DisorderVII. The Role of ExclusionIX. Spillover Effects of Sport and ViolenceX. Problems and Solutions with Sport OrganizationsXI. Toward Solutions


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