Power Played: A Critical Criminology of Sport (Paperback)

Power Played: A Critical Criminology of Sport By Derek Silva (Editor), Liam Kennedy (Editor) Cover Image
By Derek Silva (Editor), Liam Kennedy (Editor)
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A whistle-blowing account of the harm, violence, and exploitation embedded in contemporary sports.

On the one hand, sports are a tool for community building, unity, and mental and physical wellness. On the other, there is the star player who commits sexual violence, the trans athlete whose achievements are diminished, or the bigoted nationalism of the impassioned sports fan. From connections between head trauma and violence to exploring the meaning of sports in prison, Power Played reimagines sports as an analytical unit for critical criminologists.

Situated at the intersections of sports, culture, and crime, Power Played blows the whistle on the power relations that are inextricably linked to violence, deviance, and punishment within sports.

About the Author

Derek Silva is associate professor of sociology at King’s University College at Western University and adjunct research professor of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University.

Liam Kennedy is associate professor of criminology at King’s University College at Western University.

Praise For…

“Rather than being a resounding final buzzer, Power Played acts as an opening bell, letting the critical conversations about sports, power, and crime begin and play out. It is by far one of the most sophisticated accounts of these intersections yet made available."
— James Gacek, University of Regina

Product Details
ISBN: 9780774867801
ISBN-10: 0774867809
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date: June 26th, 2023
Pages: 362

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