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Amateurism, scientific control, and crime: historical fluctuations in anti-doping discourses in sport

Ian Ritchie (Department of Kinesiology, Brock University, St Catharines, Canada)
Kathryn Henne (Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada) (School of Regulation and Global Governance, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice

ISSN: 2056-3841

Article publication date: 12 March 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the institutional mechanisms for combating doping in high-level sport, including the trend toward using legalistic frameworks, and how they contribute to notions of deviance.

Design/methodology/approach

A historical approach informed by recent criminological adaptations of genealogy was utilized, using primary and secondary sources.

Findings

Three time periods involving distinct frameworks for combating doping were identified, each with their own advantages and limitations: pre-1967, post-1967 up until the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 1999, and post-1999.

Originality/value

This study contextualizes the recent legalistic turn toward combating doping in sport, bringing greater understanding to the limitations of present anti-doping practices.

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Citation

Ritchie, I. and Henne, K. (2018), "Amateurism, scientific control, and crime: historical fluctuations in anti-doping discourses in sport", Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 18-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-01-2018-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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