Issues in Aggression and Violence in Sport: The ISSP Position Stand Revisited

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This paper is the fourth in a series of related papers debating aggression and violence in sport. The first was the ISSP Position Stand (PS; Tenenbaum, Stewart, Singer, & Duda, 1997), the second a rejoinder (Kerr, 1999), and the third a reply to Kerr’s rejoinder (Tenenbaum, Sacks, Miller, Golden, & Doolin, 2000). The purpose of this fourth paper is to revisit five of the major issues in the debate on aggression and violence in sport concerned with arguments put forward by Kerr (1997), which were subsequently misinterpreted and misrepresented by Tenenbaum et al. (2000). The purpose of this paper is to correct some of these errors and to continue to argue that the PS needs to be revised and redrafted before it will be acceptable to the groups at which it is aimed, especially those involved in team contact sports.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to John H. Kerr, Institute of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 305-8574. E-mail: <kerr@taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp>.
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