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Sports criminology


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Introduction: just men fighting?; A criminological history of sport; Celebrity and corruption: case studies of sports scandals; Game of two halves: mainstream criminological theory and sport; The second half: critical criminological theory and sport; Red card: sport, justice and social control; Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport; Conclusion: no such thing as crime, no such thing as sport.

About the Author

Nic Groombridge is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University, Twickenham and researches on media, gender, masculinities, CCTV, car crime, surveillance, criminal justice policy and politics, virtual criminology and video games, green criminology, queer criminology, cultural criminology and sport. He has published widely on these topics and is regularly invited to comment in the media. Nic also writes a blog: and a sports criminology one: He tweets as @criminology4u. A one-time rugby union player, he now mostly jogs but has participated in a wide variety of sports.


"The book does a fantastic job of introducing readers to sports criminology and offers a starting point for those interested in critical criminology of sport." Human Enhancement Drugs
"A thought-provoking book, although one driven by suspense...Groombridge has thrown out the first pitch. It is now up to us. Batter up." Critical Criminology
"A timely and much needed overview and consideration of Sports Criminology, which will help define this emerging field and become an essential resource for a wide range of scholars and students" Garry Crawford, University of Salford
"Groombridge's fluency with methodology across the social sciences and his choice selection of case studies leavened with engaging revelations of his own sporting life, make this focussed scholarship an entertaining and thoroughly recommended read." Pat Kane, author of The Play Ethic, writer and musician

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