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 |2 pages

Part I Reviewing perspectives on sport and ‘deviance’

chapter 1|15 pages


Endings or new beginnings?

chapter 2|24 pages

Gladiatorial sociology

Grand narratives, deviancy theory and sport

chapter 3|19 pages

Beyond grand narratives: poststructuralism, new directions and functionalist legacies

Poststructuralism, new directions and functionalist legacies Watching the game: Foucault, poststructuralism and the normalising gaze

part |2 pages

Part II Re-imagining theory and ‘method’

chapter 4|25 pages

Understanding sport and ‘deviance’ in liquid modernity

A conceptual ‘toolkit’

chapter 5|19 pages

‘Talking tactics’

Representing ‘deviance’ in sport

part |2 pages

PART III ‘Watching the game’: evoking the new aesthetics of sport and ‘deviance’

chapter 6|25 pages

The Premiership: sporting soap opera and consumptive ‘deviance’

Sporting soap opera and consumptive ‘deviance’ The shit hits the fan

chapter 8|23 pages

‘Jumpers for goalposts’

The community sports agenda and the search for effective social control

chapter 9|8 pages


They call it ‘roasting’