In his study of violence in and around contemporary sport, Kevin Young offers a 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 ‘sports- related violence’, to include issues as diverse as criminal behaviour by players, abuse within sport, and exploitative labour practices. Offering a new theoretical framework for understanding violence in a sporting context, and including a wide range of case studies and empirical data (from professional soccer in Europe to ice hockey in North America) the book establishes a benchmark for the study of violence within sport and wider society. Through a 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A History of Violence: Definitions, Theories, and Perspectives
Chapter 2: Player Violence: The Drift to Criminalization
Chapter 3: Crowd Violence: From Hooliganism to Post-Event Riots
Chapter 4: Formations of Sports-Related Violence: Widening the Focus
Chapter 5: Risk, Pain, and Injury in Sport: A Cause or Effect of Violence?
Chapter 6: Sport in the Panopticon: The Social Control of SRV
Chapter 7: An Eye on SRV: The Role of the Media
Chapter 8: Stratified SRV: Stasis and Change