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September 27, 2010 Sociology of Sport Violence: the use of excessive physical force, which causes or has obvious potential to cause harm or destruction Violence is not always illegal or disapproved o It may be praised and lauded as necessary Aggression: verbal or physical actions grounded in intent to dominant, control, or do harm to another person. o “Intent” makes this difficult to study. We cannot accurately assess someone’s intent. Must be a behavior, not just a thought. Must be intentional. o Aggression is not the same as trying hard or being assertive and achievement oriented. Intimidation: words, gestures, and actions that threaten violence or aggression. Violence in sports history: research shows that violence was more severe in the past, both on and off the field. Types of on-the-field violence o Brutal body contact Tackling, checking, etc. within formal norms of that sport.
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