2009, Volume 1, Issue 2

Deviant Behaviour in Competitive Sport. A Sociological Attempt at Explaining the Phenomenon



Zbigniew Dziubiński1

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@wp.pl

DOI: 10.2478/v10131-009-0018-5

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Abstract

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