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The Criminology of Boxing, Violence and Desistance$
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Deborah Jump

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203240

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203240.001.0001

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The Appeal and Desistance-Promoting Potential of Boxing

The Appeal and Desistance-Promoting Potential of Boxing

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The Criminology of Boxing, Violence and Desistance

Deborah Jump

Policy Press

The chapter further explores the meaning of boxing for young men, and considers sport as definer of masculinity and domination. I consider the ways in which boxing forms part of class and masculine discourses. I therefore discuss the appeal of boxing from a class based masculine perspective and outline how contact sports form part of male working-class identities, particularly those that are informed by ‘hardmen’ discourses. Thus, boxing’s appeal is enduring, as it not only supports and perpetuates identity formation among men who use violence as a mechanism of control and domination, but further allows them to express this in their performance of masculinity and sport.

Keywords:   Desistance, Violence, Sport, Masculinity, Class, Gender

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