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Deviance Essay Sociology

Deviance Essay Sociology

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deviance in sport, why it occurs, how it occurs, what triggers it and the impact it has on the society we live in and how it effects the norms in sport
deviance in sport, why it occurs, how it occurs, what triggers it and the impact it has on the society we live in and how it effects the norms in sport

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03/19/2014

 
George ChurchillIndividual EssaySociology SSP325
George ChurchillSociology SSP325Marc LawtonDeviance and the Athlete: Causes in SportsSocietyDue Date: 18
th
December 2008Word Count: 2578
Contents Page
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George ChurchillIndividual EssaySociology SSP3251.
Introduction3-5
2.
Theories Behind Deviance in Sport5-6
Conflict and Critical theories
3.
Causes of Deviance6-8
Education System, Overconformity & Gambling
4.
Sport Ethic8-10
Underconformity, Positive Deviance, Varsity Blues & Mary DeckerSlaney
5.
Drug Use10-11
Banned Substances, Tom Simpson & Information Network
6.
Conclusion11-12
7.
References13
8.
Appendices14-17
Deviance and the Athlete: Causes in Sports Society
Introduction
 The forms and causes of deviance in sport are so diverse that nosingle theory can explain all of them (Blackshaw and Crabbe, 2004). What
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George ChurchillIndividual EssaySociology SSP325
is accepted in sports as the norm may be seen as deviant in other spheresof society and what is seen as the norm in society can largely be seen asdeviant in sports. Only on a racing track can you drive at speeds over 200miles per hour at high risk of collision, outside the racing track it would beseen as a criminal offence. The social vacuum that has been createdaround sports is significantly proven to be different from the society welive in day by day. Deviance in sport can be argued, involvesunquestioned acceptance of what is termed as the norms, when a socialworld accepts actions performed as routine and normal.Actions as such in a sporting society may involve hatred andphysical contact as means of motivation, treatment by coaches andactions from spectators that would be rejected as the norm in anothersocial world. Athletes usually commit to accept advice from importantpeople in their lives without questioning them, and it is overconforming tothese norms that can result in an athlete being too committed to the goalsand norms of sport usually leading to extreme actions. Throughout their whole careers athletes hear again and again theneed to keep setting new targets, and for them to reach their targets theyneed to do whatever it takes and by whatever means possible (Atkinsonand Young, 2008). Historically, deviance in sport has changed shapes.Links to gambling, throwing a game or match, unsporting behavior,fighting, taking performance enhancing drugs and a general lack of respect for rules have always been ubiquitous. New rules and regulationsare always introduced, usually from television and media pressures, andusually result in tougher punishment for deviant actions. Rio Ferdinand
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