Executive Director of Ashland Center for Nonviolence Publishes Book

Executive Director of Ashland Center for Nonviolence Publishes Book
AU’s Dr. Craig Hovey (at left), editor of the new book “Sports and Violence: History, Theory and Practice,” discusses the publication with two Ashland University faculty members -- Dr. Duncan Jamieson and Dr. Mark Hamilton (at right) -- who both contributed articles to the book.

3/6/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Craig Hovey, associate professor of religion at Ashland University and executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, has published "Sports and Violence: History, Theory, and Practice," a collection of essays from the 2016 Ashland Center for Nonviolence Conference on the same theme.

The book can be purchased from the Ashland University Bookstore or from the publisher's website for the book at http://www.cambridgescholars.com/sports-and-violence. Hovey, along with Myles Werntz and John B. White served as editors of the new book.

“Sports and Violence is an edited collection arising out of the 2016 Sports and Violence Conference, which was hosted at the Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University,” Hovey said. “It was a wonderful conference with terrific support from the Ashland community and the University, with remarkable scholars from around the world. Some of our undergraduates got the chance to present their research alongside professionals in their field. It was exciting. This volume contains 11 essays reflecting on the confluence of violence within organized sports. The three sections of the book -- history, theory and practice -- create a full-scale exploration of this topic.”

Hovey said the authors not only detail past phenomena of sports violence, but also offer ethnographic and sociological explorations alongside philosophical treatments of sports violence.

“Crucial to the volume’s treatment of a wide range of phenomena associated with sports violence is not only how it addresses violence within sport, but also how it considers the ways that sport fosters and mitigates violence outside of sports, and how audiences and spectators contribute to, and are shaped by, the practice of sports,” he said.

The chapters in the book are: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game: Picturing Violence in Soccer by Daniel Haxall; Shattered Nerves and Broken Bodies: Violence in Intercollegiate Football and Automotive Racing during America’s Progressive Era by Brian M. Ingrassia; Wheel Violence: The Perils of Bicycling, Past and Present by Dr. Duncan R. Jamieson, professor of history at AU; The Mesoamerican Ballgame: Sport and Violence in the Beginning by Matt O’Mansky; Dribbling on the Grave of bin Laden: Intercultural and International Violence in the Carrier Classic by Raymond I. Schuck; The Violence of Everyone and No One: Sport and Banality by John B. White and Myles Werntz; Eliminating Bare Knuckle Fighting from NHL Hockey: A Kantian Argument against Self-Mutilation by Matt Stolick; Bullying in Professional Sports by Dr. Mark Hamilton, professor of philosophy at AU; Killer Slides in Major League Baseball: On-field Violence and Entertainment Value on Sport by Brian H. Yim, Theresa Walton-Fisette, and James Tunney; Aggression On and Off the Field: A Survey of Student Athletes’ Behaviors and Perspectives by Lori L. Braa; and Traversing Hegemonic Masculinity in Athletics by Dessie Clark.

“We recently named the annual conference after our founder John Stratton, who passed away last year,” Hovey said. “Collaboration and conversation were so important to John. In a few weeks, we will host our 2017 Stratton conference on Understanding Our Gun Culture.”

Registration information for the 2017 conference can be found at http://acn.nationbuilder.com.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###