Elite Sport, Doping and Public Health
In the past, the issue of doping in sports was of interest only to aficionados of elite sports. Nowadays, it is a matter of intense public scrutiny that spans the worlds of health, medicine, politics, technology, and beyond. This book illustrates how the issue of doping has evolved beyond the world of elite sports into an arena of public health. The book draws upon multi-disciplinary perspectives from applied and professional ethics, biomedical science, history, philosophy, policy studies, and sociology. The essays - written by a group of leading international experts - are the product of a colloquium of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research held at Aarhus University in Denmark. Their scope ranges from conceptual analysis and case studies to policy critique. Each of these disciplinary perspectives, it is argued, is necessary to understand the problem of doping "in the round." The topics include: the ethics of genetic technologies, the justification of dope-testing regimes, the relations between sports doping and the recreational use of drugs for body shape and image enhancement, and the formation and critique of policies that reflect the diversity of social issues in doping.
Publication Date: 12/31/2009