The issue of doping in sport was once of interest only to aficionados of elite sports. Nowadays, it is a matter of intense public scrutiny that spans the worlds of health, medicine, sports, politics, technology, and beyond.
In keeping with this territorial expansion, the aim of this book is to illustrate how the issue of doping has evolved beyond the world of elite sport into an arena of public health. In so doing, 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, is 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, case studies to policy critique. Each of these disciplinary perspectives, it is argued, is necessary to understand the problem of doping “in the round”.
Topics explored in the book include the ethics of genetic technologies; the justification of dope-testing regimes as opposed to educational or harm minimization strategies, 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.
The book should be of interest to scholars in health sciences, sports studies, and to sports administrators and policy makers.