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Sociologie d'une dispute dans l'arbitrage en patinage artistique : le cas de Salt Lake City

Abstract : Our work looks into the judging issues in ice skating and ice dancing, based on the Salt Lake City scandal (an international scandal). Judging in figure skating cannot be entirely objective as a large part of subjectivity remains inherent to the process. We will demonstrate that the controversy surrounding judging decisions originates in this particular feature of ice skating. In other words, judging issues - far from being an extraneous addition to this sport - are the natural consequence of an ambiguous position and the conflict of principles (Boltanski and Thévenot, 1991) which are nearly impossible to reconcile, and which therefore create an opening for criticism. The method for judging the artistic side of ice skating is not in harmony with sports values, thus producing discrepancies that result in major controversies. Finally, we will study the process that put an end to the controversy by emphasizing the fact that the changes caused by the scandal (the new code) do not target the objectivity of the judging but aim to reduce the opening for criticism. This work is based on analyses of newspaper articles, written testimonies and interviews. It focuses on the French point of view on an international scandal and utilizes sociological approaches stemming from pragmatic sociology, the sociology of art and sports sociology.
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Cécile Collinet, Ramonich Audrey. Sociologie d'une dispute dans l'arbitrage en patinage artistique : le cas de Salt Lake City. SociologieS, Toulouse : Association internationale des sociologues de langue française, 2010, mis en ligne le 29 septembre 2010 (mis en ligne le 29 septembre 2010), URL : http://sociologies.revues.org/3192. ⟨hal-00759278⟩

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