Perceived Injustice and Sports Violence

  • Melvin M. Mark
  • Fred B. Bryant
  • Darrin R. Lehman
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


The preceding comments could readily be applied to contemporary American society in general. We were referring, however, specifically to organized sports. In this chapter we examine the relationship between justice and violence in sports. Aggression, in both sports and society, is a complex phenomenon with multiple causes. It is our contention, first, that a sense of perceived injustice is an important cause of many instances of sports violence and, second, that adopting carefully considered measures which increase the perception of fairness and justice in sports could reduce excessive aggression. In this chapter, a framework is presented which describes different sources of perceived injustice in sports. Based on this framework we offer several suggestions about how to make sports fairer, and by implication, less violent. We also examine the contention that, although sports can be made more fair and hence less violent, society could learn much from sports in terms of how to construct a fair system of justice.


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  • Melvin M. Mark
  • Fred B. Bryant
  • Darrin R. Lehman

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