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Civilising processes and doping in professional cycling

Connolly, John (2015) Civilising processes and doping in professional cycling. Current Sociology, 63 (7). pp. 1037-1057. ISSN 1461-7064

In this paper, drawing from the theoretical approach of Norbert Elias, I argue that over the course of the last 70 years professional cyclists have undergone civilising processes in relation to doping within the sport. It is not my contention that doping has declined amongst professional cyclists over that time period; that would be very difficult to empirically ascertain. However, I contend that the feelings, attitudes and behaviour of professional cyclists in relation to doping did change significantly. The largely unguarded behaviour and candid admissions concerning the practice of doping gradually diminished. Doping was increasingly pushed behind the scenes, and cyclists became more ambivalent in how they discussed the subject. Embarrassment, shame and remorse became a more amplified feature of their accounts. However, this was a gradual, contradictory and fragile process.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Civilising processes; Doping; Elias; Habitus; Professional cycling
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392115576765
Copyright Information:© 2015 The Authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20938
Deposited On:08 Dec 2015 14:31 by Margaret Galuszynska . Last Modified 08 Dec 2015 14:31

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