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The everyday makeup of contemporary sport is increasingly characterised by a perceived explosion of 'deviance' - violence, drug taking, racism, homophobia, misogyny, corruption and excess. Whereas once these behaviours may have been subject to the moral judgments of authority, in the face of dramatic socio-cultural change they become more a matter of populist consumer gaze.
In addressing these developments this book provides a new and insightful approach toward the study of 'deviance' in the realm of sport.
New Perspectives in Sport and 'Deviance' awakens the sociology of sport to the possibilities of re-imagining 'deviance' and offers an evocative approach which will appeal both to academics and students in the field of sociology of sport and sociology of deviance.
Part 1: Reviewing perspectives on sport and 'deviance' 1. Introduction: Endings or new beginnings? 2. Gladiatorial sociology: grand narratives, deviancy theory and sport 3. Beyond grand narratives: Poststructuralism, new directions and functionalist legacies Part 2: Re-imagining theory and 'method' 4. Understanding sport and 'deviance' in liquid modernity: A conceptual 'toolkit' 5. 'Talking Tactics': Representing 'deviance' in sport Part 3: 'Watching the game': Evoking the new aesthetics of sport and 'deviance' 6. The Premiership: Sporting soap opera and consumptive 'deviance' 7. Cruising and the performativity of consumptive 'deviance' 8. 'jumpers for goalposts': The community sports agenda and the search for effective control 9. Conclusion: They call it 'roasting'