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The Subculture of Violence Theory: An Explanation for Michael Vick's Involvement in Dog-fighting

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This article addresses several unanswered questions of why NFL superstar Michael Vick became involved in dog-fighting. Despite the sensational media coverage of the Vick dog-fighting scandal, the press seemed intent on infuriating rather than informing the public about dog-fighting. As for why he became involved in dog-fighting, Vick himself seemed at a loss to explain his conduct. Except in his interview on 60 Minutes, Vick proffered that he was influenced by a “so-called culture.” Surprisingly, Vick’s riveting revelation during a nationally televised interview went unexplored. It will be argued herein, that the so-called culture, that Vick alluded to is, an identifiable parent culture of animal combat involving dogs, which is traceable to Ancient Rome as far back as 43 A.D. Additionally, this dog-fighting culture spread over centuries in Europe and was transmuted to America during slavery in the 19thCentury, when blacks were first exposed to it. Subsequent to the Emancipation of blacks from slavery, dog-fighting as a sport spread throughout the South. Wherein, this parent culture of dog-fighting continued to influence generations to follow, including a young Michael Vick. Hence, Vick adopted dog-fighting as a sport, through a process of social learning in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. The establishment of this parent culture is central to offering the subculture of violence theory as an explanation for Michael Vick’s involvement in dog-fighting. Additionally, the proceeding analysis will underscore the social consequences, and larger implications of society’s failure to properly examine or offer alternative explanations for Vick’s involvement in dog-fighting.

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Robinson, Kenneth. "The Subculture of Violence Theory: An Explanation for Michael Vick's Involvement in Dog-fighting" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506763_index.html>

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Robinson, K. N. , 2011-08-19 "The Subculture of Violence Theory: An Explanation for Michael Vick's Involvement in Dog-fighting" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506763_index.html

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Abstract: This article addresses several unanswered questions of why NFL superstar Michael Vick became involved in dog-fighting. Despite the sensational media coverage of the Vick dog-fighting scandal, the press seemed intent on infuriating rather than informing the public about dog-fighting. As for why he became involved in dog-fighting, Vick himself seemed at a loss to explain his conduct. Except in his interview on 60 Minutes, Vick proffered that he was influenced by a “so-called culture.” Surprisingly, Vick’s riveting revelation during a nationally televised interview went unexplored. It will be argued herein, that the so-called culture, that Vick alluded to is, an identifiable parent culture of animal combat involving dogs, which is traceable to Ancient Rome as far back as 43 A.D. Additionally, this dog-fighting culture spread over centuries in Europe and was transmuted to America during slavery in the 19thCentury, when blacks were first exposed to it. Subsequent to the Emancipation of blacks from slavery, dog-fighting as a sport spread throughout the South. Wherein, this parent culture of dog-fighting continued to influence generations to follow, including a young Michael Vick. Hence, Vick adopted dog-fighting as a sport, through a process of social learning in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. The establishment of this parent culture is central to offering the subculture of violence theory as an explanation for Michael Vick’s involvement in dog-fighting. Additionally, the proceeding analysis will underscore the social consequences, and larger implications of society’s failure to properly examine or offer alternative explanations for Vick’s involvement in dog-fighting.


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