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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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Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport

Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport

(p.55) Four Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport
Sports Criminology

Nic Groombridge

Policy Press

This chapter risks the charge of ‘textbookification’ in setting out what various schools of criminological thought do or might say about crime within sport and vice versa. Some mentions are literal, others metaphorical. It examines pre-classical - here called gothic - classical, administrative and positivistic theories of crime - particularly the biological. Sociological positivism brings in Merton - a keen user of sport, to illustrate his work - and broadly sub-cultural and Chicagoan perspectives. Sykes and Matza’s techniques of neutralisation and control theories, right realism and labelling conclude the chapter.

Keywords:   positivism, gothic-classical, crime, theories of crime, sport

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