Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport / Edition 1

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"Rethinking Aggression and Violence in Sport uses numerous illustrative examples from a variety of sports to critically examine important issues associated with aggression and violence in sport, and includes: a review of current theory in the psychology of aggression and violence; discussion of sanctioned and unsanctioned aggression and violence in sport; an explanation of how players become acclimatised to physical violence; examination of the aggression and violence debate in youth sport; consideration of fan violence and sport riots; and exploration of why people enjoy watching violent sport and its effect on observers." The book is a must for teachers, students and researchers within sport science/studies psychology and sociology with an interest in human violence and aggressive behaviour.
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'If the only goal that this book achieved was to throw down the gauntlet and challenge our field to look closer at the problem of violence in sport, then it would have been a temendous success. John Kerr does this and much more ... [he] dares to go where predecessors would not ...' - Mitch Abrams, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

'[Kerr] deftly explains the complexities of reversal theory, a general psychological theory of motivation, and applies it to a myriad of different sporting situations with a clarity born of conviction ... this exciting and illuminating book should be read by all psychologists for its fascinating insights into aggression and violence.' - Dr Michael Ford,, May 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415286633
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The state of play : incidents, definitions and explanations 1
2 Getting started with reversal theory 19
3 New beginnings : a reversal theory view of violence 38
4 The joy of physical contact : sanctioned aggression and violence in sport 46
5 When things turn ugly : unsanctioned aggression and violence 66
6 Taking the hard knocks : children's and youth sport 80
7 Beyond the pale : fan violence and sports riots 94
8 Blood and guts : observing violence in sport 114
9 The final whistle : rounding off 134
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