An outlaw practice: boxing, governance and western law

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Warren, Ian J. M (2005) An outlaw practice: boxing, governance and western law. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This investigation examines the uses of Western law to regulate and at times outlaw the sport of boxing. Drawing on a primary sample of two hundred and one reported judicial decisions canvassing the breadth of recognised legal categories, and an allied range fight lore supporting, opposing or critically reviewing the sport's development since the beginning of the nineteenth century, discernible evolutionary trends in Western law, language and modern sport are identified. Emphasis is placed on prominent intersections between public and private legal rules, their enforcement, paternalism and various evolutionary developments in fight culture in recorded English, New Zealand, United States, Australian and Canadian sources. Power, governance and regulation are explored alongside pertinent ethical, literary and medical debates spanning two hundred years of Western boxing history.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Keywords Boxing, law, sport, regulation, ethical debates
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