2009, Volume 1, Issue 2
Deviant Behaviour in Competitive Sport. A Sociological Attempt at Explaining the Phenomenon
1Department of Sociology, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw
Author for correspondence: Zbigniew Dziubiński; Department of Sociology, Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw; email: zdziubinski[at]wp.pl
This article seeks to use selected sociological theories to account for the phenomenon of deviance in sport. Two main theoretical approaches are employed herein: the functionalist/structuralist approach and symbolic interactionism.
The analysis that follows leads to the conclusion that deviance which occurs in sport is predominantly a consequence of deviance in modern societies. Sport, in turn, is just a convenient area for deviant behaviours to be manifested, which often happens more clearly and conspicuously than in societies.
Key words: deviance, explanatory theories, competitive sport