Modern Sports Ethics: A Reference Handbook

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Is it possible to teach lasting values through sports? With coverage that explores the origins of sports, ethical theories as applied to sports, and key moral issues affecting sports throughout history to the present day, Modern Sports Ethics: A Reference Handbook surveys the realm of athletics and its potential as an arena for character development.

Taking examples from a variety of areas in nonprofessional athletics, including Little League baseball, the Tour de France, and the Olympic Games, Modern Sports Ethics is an eye-opening yet evenhanded look at both the positive and negative impact sports have on society. The book focuses on a number of specific problems and controversies, including commercialization, performance-enhancing drugs, racism, sexism, physical violence and psychological ploys, and deliberate rule-breaking behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lumpkin (health, sport, and exercise sciences, U. of Kansas in Lawrence) addresses challenges to sports' traditional values. Following historical context on sports for character development and ethical theories relevant to such issues as cheating, eligibility, and violence, she discusses problematic issues at the interscholastic level and proposes reforms. She then treats sexism, scandals, and ethical codes specific to the Olympic Games. The handbook includes a chronology of unethical behaviors in sports, statistical tables and figures, a substantial resources section, and glossary."


Reference & Research Book News

"A one-stop shop for basic facts about ths do's and don'ts of track and field and beyond, this book is well written, accessible, and affordable, packing a lot of stuff in a small package. Highly recommended for public libraries; essential for academic libraries as institutions of higher learning of almost any size these days have an athletic presence on campus."


Library Journal

"In a world where morals and values are the buzzwords of the day, this well-researched discussion of the ethics in sports is timely and important. . . . Each chapter is well written and well documented, listing other sources the reader can access for further information on that particular topic. . . . This is an excellent sourcebook on this timely and important topic."



"A wide-ranging, rather diffuse survey of ethics in sports, past and present."


School Library Journal

"Breaches of ethical behavior in sport today have become a reality, and this handbook on sport ethics emphasizes morally reasoned and ethically right ways to use sport to build strong character through positive values and decisions. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841978
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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