SHAPE Research Seminar Series

The criminology of boxing, violence and desistance

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Seminars

As part of the School of Science and Technology SHAPE Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Debbie Jump, Manchester Metropolitan University presents: The criminology of boxing, violence and desistance.

  • From: Wednesday 11 December 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 11 December 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: ERD 171, Erasmus Darwin, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology SHAPE Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Debbie Jump, Manchester Metropolitan University presents: The criminology of boxing, violence and desistance.

Abstract

Based on the upcoming book: The Criminology of Boxing, Violence & Desistance, this seminar addresses the relationship between the sport of boxing and men’s desistance from violent crime. It examines how men make sense of violence as a result of participating in the sport, and how they subsequently rehearse and practice violence in their everyday lives both in and outside of the gym. Throughout the seminar I will pay particular attention to the participant’s understanding of violence and also how the logic of the gym reinforces attitudes favourable to violence and the maintenance of respect. Thus, this research discusses and elaborates on previous assumptions in sporting and desistance literature, and argues that while relevant, diversionary activities and sport-based rehabilitative programmes are only one element in the theory of change. In conclusion, arguments are put forward that state that boxing actually traps men in an attendant culture of respect that requires them to respond in aggressive ways to maintain an image of both masculinity and respect. This attendant culture - that is transposable between gym and street – can override the pro-social desisting elements that the gym can offer, and reinforces the logic and discourses that evokes and traps men in habits of responding to violence, therefore in terms of future policy and practice new directions need to be sought.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Christopher Matthews

All welcome

For any enquiries please contact Craig Sale

Location details

Room/Building:

ERD 171, Erasmus Darwin

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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