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By Michael Atkinson

ISBN-10: 0736060421

ISBN-13: 9780736060424

ISBN-10: 0736090894

ISBN-13: 9780736090896

ISBN-10: 1450403948

ISBN-13: 9781450403948

Drawing on their state of the art examine in criminology and deviance within the self-discipline of sociology, the authors offer an knowing of sport-related deviance during the program of assorted methods to deviance in a recreation context. utilizing prolonged case stories, the authors learn the topic of deviance via examples which are well known (fan violence, hockey enforcers, influence of the media), understudied Read more...

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Consider the roles played by all of the people involved (players, administrators, fans, and so on) that help the issue to be seen as tolerable or intolerable. Recommended Readings Durkheim, E. 1958. The rules of sociological method. Glencoe, NY: Free Press. This is one of Durkheim’s foundational texts on the ordering of social life and the influential nature of group norms and laws. It is also a treatise on how social facts emerge as part of collective life. This text stands as a seminal theoretical pillar in the sociology of deviance.

With the general pacification of cultures that occurs over time, a collective need to devise and institutionalize cultural activities that strike a balance between personal pleasure and restraint arises. As outward displays of emotion are pushed behind the scene of social life (Elias 1994), individuals pursue a full range of activities that elicit exciting significance in highly controlled contexts of interaction (Maguire 1992). Elias and Dunning (1986) argue that sports involving a moderate degree of physical violence (including rule-violating violence) are predominantly tolerable, thereby allowing individuals to participate either as competitors or as spectators in behaviors that are taboo in other social spheres.

Queer activists in the sports world endeavor to disrupt the essentializing constructions of sexuality in sport, the exclusionary White and heterosexual norms underpinning most sport practices, and the cultural tendency to deny sport as a site of multiple sexual experiences. McDonald (2007) presses for a further examination of how gay and lesbian experiences in sport may encourage a larger critique of the (White) hetero–homo, normative–deviant binary lines of identity construction. Theorists such as McDonald encourage innovative conceptualizations of how identity is constructed along sexual lines, suggesting a complete destabilization of the ways in which we assign and hierarchize athlete identities.

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