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Exploring Sport and Leisure Disasters

A Socio-Legal Perspective, 1st Edition

By Hazel J. Hartley


438 pages

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First published in 2001. This book provides a socio-legal analysis of disasters by setting out two sport and leisure disasters (the 1989 Hillsborough and Marchioness disasters) and considering them in their broader legal/political/economic and policy contexts. It bases the analysis on in-depth examinations of the legal responses to these disasters. The foundations for the case studies are laid by reviewing critiques of relevant contemporary legal problems. These include the concepts and contexts of disasters; the law in a liberal democracy; negligence, mass actions and policy in PTSD cases; statutory regulation of and safety; the laws of corporate reckless manslaughter and the contemporary legal problems of inquests and public inquiries into disasters.

The theoretical and policy chapters are followed by the presentation of the two case study disasters, drawing on documentary sources and interviews with academics, policy makers, key legal practitioners and campaigners for legal reform, involved in these post-disaster legal processes. The analysis returns to the critical themes of the earlier chapters and ends with conclusions and recommendations for further research and legal reform arising out of this area of ‘disaster law’.

Students in sport and leisure courses will be required to tackle legal and ethical issues. Law modules and courses in sport and law are developing an increasingly socio-legal, if not multi-disciplinary approach. This book takes account of this, taking a critical, multi-disciplinary approach to sport, leisure and the law. However, it will be useful to a broader group of readers who study, practice or work in the law or legal reform and apply their work to disasters.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Disasters – Conceptions and Concepts 2. Liberal Democracy, the State and the Rule of Law 3. Strength in Numbers? Mass Actions in Nervous Shock 4. Safe in Their Hands? Criminal Liability: Breaches of Statutory Duties and Corporate Reckless Manslaughter 5. Two Versions of an Inquisition: Inquests and Public Inquiries into Individual and Mass Deaths 6. Case Study One: The 1989 Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster 7. Case Study Two: The 1989 Marchioness Disaster 8. Critical Evaluation and Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Leisure Studies

This set of 12 volumes, originally published between 1938 and 2001, brings together research on Leisure Studies, including works on young people and leisure, the family, and political influence on the leisure industry. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and leisure.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General