Doping—Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

  • Jesper AndreassonEmail author
  • Thomas Johansson


In this chapter, we will present an overview of, but also an analytically developed approach to, doping research, in general, and fitness doping, in particular. Different approaches to the use of doping will be situated in a historical and sociocultural framework. Consequently, from a historical perspective, the chapter aims to present a general background to the book. We will briefly touch on the pre-history of doping, mainly focusing on the development since the 1950s. Although during recent decades doping basically has been considered either a sporting concern or a societal problem, we will discuss how the use of prohibited substances (in sport and/or in society) has changed over time. Noting the importance of integrating a social and cultural context into any understanding of bodywork exercises and use of doping, we use our historical description to conclude the chapter and in a more speculative manner carve out some possible future developments within the field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sport ScienceLinnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden
  2. 2.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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