Drugs, Sport, Anxiety and Foucouldian Governmentality

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Burke, Michael and Hallinan, Christopher J (2008) Drugs, Sport, Anxiety and Foucouldian Governmentality. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 2 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 1751-1321


This paper1 uses concepts of anxiety and Foucauldian governmentality to investigate the ways that the discourses supporting the ban on performance-enhancing drugs in sport have been manipulated and broadened to treat this issue as a public policy and health issue rather than an example of rule violation in sport. Some effects of this expansion include the broadening of drug testing to include testing for recreational drugs, the intrusion of both central governments and scientific experts into the issue and the curtailment of civil liberties for athletes. A further effect has been the perpetration of injustices against athletes under the guise of such injustices being necessary to maintain the integrity of sport.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3544
DOI 10.1080/17511320801896125
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 2101 Archaeology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Keywords ResPubID16072, drugs, sport, Foucault, governmentality
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