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A Dictionary of Sports Studies

Alan Tomlinson

An attribute or act perceived as varying from the norms of acceptable conduct or behaviour, often associated with rule-breaking and law-breaking. The difficulty in establishing a systematic and robust sociology of deviance is that it is also widely recognized that the boundaries of deviant and non-deviant behaviour and acts are malleable and flexible, and that acts described as deviant are often social constructions, frequently the product of the media's contribution to ... ...

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