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SportA Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective$
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Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231176767

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231176767.001.0001

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Fairness and Sports

Fairness and Sports

Chapter:
(p.137) 8 Fairness and Sports
Source:
Sport
Author(s):

Jay Schulkin

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176767.003.0008

Begins with a discussion of drug abuse in sport, before moving on to consider fairness in sport and the expansion of our sense of rights and human participation; our cultural evolution through the participation in sports. Engaging in play that turns into sport is one way we learn about fairness: following the rules, playing the game fairly. Mammalian play is at the root of the socialization process so essential for getting a foothold in the world and fairness is a feature of our cultural evolution; a feature that coexists and evolved with sports participation. Sports exist in the context of social hope and broader participation in a common context of human expression, striving to release the “better angels of our nature.”

Keywords:   Gender, Race, Equality, Skill, Steroids

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