Sports criminology

A critical criminology of sport and games

By Nic Groombridge

Sports criminology

This is the first book to provide a critical criminological perspective on sport and the connections between sport and crime. It draws on the inter-disciplinary nature of criminology and incorporates emerging perspectives like social harm, gender and sexuality, and green criminology. Written from an international perspective, it covers topics including sports scandals and the possibility of crime prevention through sport. American football, boxing, soccer and sumo are all examined.

The book considers both sports law and the sociology of sport and will be essential reading for students and academics in these fields.

Nic Groombridge is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and researches on media, gender, masculinities, CCTV, car crime, surveillance, criminal justice policy and politics, virtual criminology and video games, green criminology, queer criminology, cultural criminology and sport. He has published widely on these topics and is regularly invited to comment in the media. Nic also writes a blog: http://publiccriminology.weebly.com/index.html and a sports criminology one: http://sportscriminology.blogspot.co.uk/. He tweets as @criminology4u. A one-time rugby union player, he now mostly jogs but has participated in a wide variety of sports.

Introduction: just men fighting?;

A criminological history of sport;

Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals;

Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport;

The second half: critical criminological theory and sport;

Red card: sport, justice and social control;

Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport;

Conclusion: no such thing as crime, no such thing as sport.

"The book does a fantastic job of introducing readers to sports criminology and offers a starting point for those interested in critical criminology of sport." Human Enhancement Drugs

“A timely and much needed overview and consideration of Sports Criminology, which will help define this emerging field and become an essential resource for a wide range of scholars and students” Garry Crawford, University of Salford

“Groombridge’s fluency with methodology across the social sciences and his choice selection of case studies leavened with engaging revelations of his own sporting life, make this focussed scholarship an entertaining and thoroughly recommended read.” Pat Kane, author of The Play Ethic, writer and musician

About the book

This is the first book to provide a critical criminological perspective on sport and the connections between sport and crime. It draws on the inter-disciplinary nature of criminology and incorporates emerging perspectives like social harm, gender and sexuality, and green criminology. Written from an international perspective, it covers topics including sports scandals and the possibility of crime prevention through sport. American football, boxing, soccer and sumo are all examined.

The book considers both sports law and the sociology of sport and will be essential reading for students and academics in these fields.

Content

Introduction: just men fighting?;

A criminological history of sport;

Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals;

Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport;

The second half: critical criminological theory and sport;

Red card: sport, justice and social control;

Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport;

Conclusion: no such thing as crime, no such thing as sport.

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