Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations

Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863 and Channon, A., 2016. Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations. Sport in Society, 20 (7), pp. 751-767. ISSN 1743-0437

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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 in ‘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 to pays far greater heed to the definitions favoured by practitioners who engage with apparent ‘violence’ on a regular basis.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sport in Society
Creators: Matthews, C.R. and Channon, A.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 24 May 2016
Volume: 20
Number: 7
ISSN: 1743-0437
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 28 Sep 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 10:50
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31742

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