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Consensual ViolenceSex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury$
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Jill D. Weinberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290655

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290655.001.0001

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Transforming Consensual Violence through a Legal Register

Transforming Consensual Violence through a Legal Register

(p.84) Chapter 5 Transforming Consensual Violence through a Legal Register
Consensual Violence

Jill D. Weinberg

University of California Press

This chapter considers the process and the implications for when consent becomes institutionalized in a more formalized framework, namely law. This chapters shows that in the MMA context, the meaning of criminal battery becomes tempered through sports regulation, making fighters less likely to call a rule violation illegal or criminal. By contrast, BDSM practitioners avoid formal law enforcement regulation and create a strong norm of secrecy; consent violations are viewed as matters to be dealt with internally because formal law does not recognize their consent as valid.

Keywords:   consent, institutions, institutionalization, endogeneity

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