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Sports CriminologyA Critical Criminology of Sport and Games$
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Nic Groombridge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323150

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323150.001.0001

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A criminological history of sport

A criminological history of sport

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Sports Criminology

Nic Groombridge

Policy Press

This chapter provides a very partial history of a number of sports which picks out the legal/criminal aspects involved, as well as the cultural significance of those sports which may have legal/criminal ramifications. It notes those ‘men fighting’ but also the class basis of the rule-making that occurred around sport in society. Some of the earliest sports are rural ones involving cruelty to animals like cock-fighting or hunting. Horseracing is one legitimate but contested version of hunting. Distinctions between simple brawling, bare-knuckle prize-fighting and boxing, or, even bans against wrestling within boxing offer examples of rulemaking and breaking that should intrigue criminologists. Football, cricket, baseball, American college sports and even Sumo are all discussed.

Keywords:   boxing, cricket, football, baseball, horseracing, hunting, rulemaking

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