The anatomy of the sports scandal: An outline for a theoretical contextualization

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Sports scandals are often discussed in the media and research literature without any deeper reflection on their specificities or development. As the economic and political significance of sport seem to grow in correlation with the development of globalization and new social media, the call for a sociological understanding of the downsides of sport becomes imperative. By deploying a communication-theory framework supplemented with insights from discourse theory, this article aims to develop a theoretical model of the sports scandal. It presents a 5-step model encompassing initial steps of transgression, followed by a publicly observed dislocation destabilizing the social order, which subsequently results in moral communication, environmental pressure for appropriate action, and, finally, an institutional solution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Communication
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)293-312
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Systems theory, Discourse theory, Communication, Dislocation

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