The Ethics of Doping and Anti-Doping: Redeeming the Soul of Sport?

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Routledge, 10.9.2009 - 168 sivua

With every positive drugs test the credibility and veracity of modern elite sport is diminished. In this radical and provocative critique of current anti-doping policy and practice, Verner Møller argues that the fight against doping – promoted as an initiative to cleanse sport of cheats – is at heart nothing less than a battle to save sport from itself, located on the fault-line between the will to purity and the will to win.

Drawing on extensive and detailed case studies of doping in sport, and using a highly original blend of conceptual ideas from philosophy and sociology, Møller strongly criticises current anti-doping regimes and challenges our commonly held ideas about the nature of sport and the risks posed by drugs to health and fair play. He argues forcefully that we must understand the precarious position of the athlete and that only by containing coaches, doctors and drug companies within the anti-doping regime can we hope to ever make progress on this most important issue.

Written in a lively and engaging style, and skilfully blending empirical case studies with cutting edge theory, this book represents an important statement on the nature of sport, morality and modernity. It is important reading for all serious students and scholars of the ethics, sociology and politics of sport.

 

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Introduction
1
1 What is doping?
4
2 What is sport?
13
3 Unchristian sport
22
Fact or fiction?
32
5 The law of silence
49
6 When good intentions turn bad
69
7 The fear of modernity
90
8 Legalisation of doping
107
9 The athletes viewpoint
123
10 The need for a fresh start
136
Appendix
145
Notes
148
Bibliography
153
Index
160
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