Last updated on: 8/5/2016 | Author:

Ellis Cashmore, PhD Biography

Visiting Professor in Sociology at Aston University
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Were athletics to lift its ban on doping, its problems would vanish…

Today’s sports performers are encouraged by their coaches, managers and, of course, us to win at all costs. Who can blame them for taking supplements when the chances of detection are remote? For all its tough-talking, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) always appears to be — and often is — one step behind the cheats…

[W]e’ve been persuaded that sportsmen and women should be ‘clean’ — ignoring perhaps their use of hypnotism, acupuncture, oxygen tents and any number of other performance aids that are not tainted by the label ‘drugs…’

Track and field, indeed sport, will never rid itself of doping, no matter how draconian the penalties. The stakes are simply too high.”

“Opinion: Why Sport Should Allow Doping,”, Nov. 12, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Visiting Professor in Sociology at Aston University, Jan. 2015-present
  • Professor of Culture, Media, and Sport, Staffordshire University, Sep. 1993-Dec. 2014
  • Professor of Sociology, University of Tampa, Sep. 1989-Aug. 1993
  • Lecturer in sociology, University of Hong Kong, Sep. 1986-July 1989
  • Research Fellow in sociology, Aston University, Jan. 1980-June 1986
  • PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1979
  • BA, Sociology, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (now Northumbria University)
  • Twitter: @elliscashmore
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?