Doping and Anti-Doping Policy in Sport

Ethical, Legal and Social Perspectives

Edited by Mike McNamee, Verner Møller

© 2011 – Routledge

264 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The issue of doping has been the most widely discussed problem in sports ethics and is one of the most prominent issues across sports studies, the sports sciences and their constituent disciplines. This book adds uniquely to that catalogue of discourses by focusing on extant anti-doping policy and doping practices from a range of multi-disciplinary perspectives (specifically ethical, legal, and social scientific).

With contributions from a world-class team of scholars and legal practitioners from the UK, Europe and North America, the book explores key contemporary issues such as:

  • sports medicine
  • international doping policy
  • the whereabouts system
  • the criminalization of doping
  • privacy rights, gene doping and ethics
  • imperfection in doping test procedures
  • steroid use in the general population.

Doping and Anti-Doping Policy in Sport offers an important critique of contemporary anti-doping policy and is essential reading for any advanced student, researcher or policy maker with an interest in this vital issue.

Table of Contents


1 Mike McNamee and Lauri Tarasti: Ethico-legal aspects of anti-doping legislation

2 James E. Coleman Jr. and Joshua Michael Levine: The Burden of Proof in Endogenous Substance Cases: A Masking Agent for Junk Science

3 David McArdle: Longitudinal profiling, sports arbitration and the woman who had nothing to lose. Some Thoughts on Pechstein versus the International Skating Union.

4 Werner Pitsch: Caught between mathematics and ethics: Some implications of imperfect doping test procedures

5 Bengt Kayser: On the presumption of guilt without proof of intentionality and other consequences of current anti-doping policy

6 John Hoberman: Athletes in handcuffs? The criminalisation of doping

7 Angela Schneider: Privacy rights, gene doping ethics

8 Ask Vest Christiansen: Testing citizens training recreationally in gyms

9 Rob Beamish: Steroids in the Court of Public Opinion: Roger Clemens versus The Mitchell Report

10 Martin Hardie: It’s not about the blood! Operacion Puerto and the end of modernity

11 Ivan Waddington: ‘A prison of measured time’? A sociologist looks at the WADA whereabouts system

12 Verner Møller: The expulsion of Michael Rasmussen from the Tour de France 2007 – Or what happened to the level playing field?

13 Dag Vidar Hanstad: Governance and the whereabouts system

14 John Gleaves: A critique of the contemporary trend towards severe anti-doping sanctions: Changing directions

About the Editors

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, History and Law in Healthcare, Swansea University, and is also a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Cardiff and Vale National Health Service Trust, UK. He is Series Editor of Ethics and Sport and Editor of the journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and the Founding Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.

Verner Møller is Professor of Sports Science at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the coordinator of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research (INHDR) and a leading expert on the cultural and philosophical aspects of doping.

About the Series

Ethics and Sport

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects


Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2015 where Verner Møller discusses how we might tackle the controversial issue of doping in sport.