Towards a Social Science of Drugs in Sport

Towards a Social Science of Drugs in Sport

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The debate around the role of drugs in sport is vibrant. There is a wealth of evidence from the hard end of science, telling us how drugs work, how drug testing works, and how many athletes have fallen foul of the system. The evidence from social science is still building momentum. For example, what makes an athlete use a performance enhancing substance? qTo winq simply fails to explain the drug use behaviour we see among athletes. This book provides a foundation for anyone trying to understand the drugs in sport problem beyond the hard science by looking at the qpeople factorq from different perspectives. After building a case for the social science of drugs in sport, it is examined from the ethical, sociological, economic, legal and psychological points of view. The book concludes with a definitive statement about what researchers, policy makers, sports administrators, athletes and fans can do to achieve a social science of drugs in sport that puts people firmly in the centre of the debate. This volume was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.Players will be incentivized to abate drug usage in ways that bureaucrats are not if they are cognizant of the net benefits to the sport (and therefore to themselves) of their doing so. This is to say that athletes will be motivated to report druganbsp;...

Title:Towards a Social Science of Drugs in Sport
Author:Jason Mazanov
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-09-13


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