Rethinking Doping

FairPlay 18:1-42 (2020)
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Despite the important role doping plays in the world of sport, insufficient attention has been given to understanding the concept of doping. In this paper, I argue that we should understand doping as a means of gaining a competitive advantage through the use of exogenous substances entering an athlete’s body, where such means undermine the relevant sporting institution. By focusing on sport as socially constructed institution, not merely as competition, we can have a unified explanation for many of our pretheoretic beliefs while giving the tools to understand doping in the ever-changing landscape of contemporary sport and society.

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Alex Wolf-Root
University of Colorado, Boulder


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