Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations

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Matthews, Christopher and Channon, Alex (2016) Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 20 (7). pp. 751-767. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

Within this paper, we discuss the importance of attending to definitions of ‘violence’. Through a return to a selection of important foundational works, we attempt to unpack the fundamental meanings of violence in a general sense, and sport violence in particular. With a specific focus on the need for definitional clarity, and particular attention to the ‘ritual’ dimensions of sport violence, we argue that engaging with these concepts is essential when conducting research on ‘violent’ contexts. Based on a critical reading of a small selection of relatively recent scholarship in sports settings, we ultimately argue that without careful consideration of what can constitute ‘violence’, scholars risk misrepresenting the social worlds they investigate. In conclusion, we call for researchers to enter into a dialogue with foundational explorations of violence, and also to attend more closely to the definitions favoured by practitioners who engage with apparent ‘violence’ on a regular basis.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Authors’ Accepted Manuscript of an article published in SPORT IN SOCIETY, 24/05/2016, © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17430437.2016.1179735
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17430437.2016.1179735
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2016 13:41
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 01:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/15524

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