Hazing in sport

Authored by: Jennifer J. Waldron

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Rites of passages have historically served to initiate individuals into a new phase of their lives, such as transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Some of these rites or initiation rituals were, and are, degrading, humiliating, and even brutal. These rites of passage have evolved in modern sport, and in the United States and Canada are termed hazing; however, similar phenomena exist across the world. Words used to describe hazing in other countries include bizutage in French, mopokaste in Finnish, novatada in Spanish, ragging in India, and praxe in Portuguese (Dias & Sá, 2014). The purpose of this chapter is to examine hazing practices in sport from both established and novel theoretical approaches, as well as to examine the prevention of hazing and suggest future areas to expand this research.

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