Sport and crime: Towards a critical criminology of sport


Sly, J., Millward, P. and Ludvigsen, J.A.L. 2023. Sport and crime: Towards a critical criminology of sport. London and New York Routledge.
AuthorsSly, J., Millward, P. and Ludvigsen, J.A.L.

This is the first book to explore fully the connections between sport studies and criminology, opening up critical new frontiers in the study of sport and crime.

Rooted firmly in established critical criminological traditions, the book also employs insights from emerging theoretical frameworks such as cultural criminology, governmentality theory and critical security studies to make better sense of a range of transnational and contemporary cases, events and trends that reveal, in different ways, the crimes and harms that are present in sport. Empirically grounded, including case studies of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it explores emerging themes in contemporary sport, including but not limited to corruption, doping, youth crime, terrorism, violence and transgression, and human rights abuses. Sport and Crime consciously pushes the boundaries of what might be considered the critical criminology of sport.

This is an essential text for any course on sport and crime, and invaluable reading for any student or researcher with an interest in the sociology of sport, sport development, sport policy, the politics of sport, critical criminology, or socio-legal studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Sport and the Critical Criminological Imagination

3. Sport, Corruption and White-Collar ‘Criminality’: Crimes of the Powerful (1)

4. Governing Young People and Communities through Sport?

5. Modes of Security, Governance and Surveillance in Sport

6. Cultural Criminology, Sport and Transgression

7. Sport and Social Harms - Qatar and World Cup 2022 in Focus: Crimes of the Powerful (2)

8. Conclusion: (Even) Further towards a Critical Criminology of Sport

KeywordsCrime; Media; Culture; Criminology; Sport
Output statusPublished
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Jan 2023
Place of publicationLondon and New York
SeriesFrontiers of Sport
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