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Quest for Excitement

Sensitivity to Violence and Civilization

"By comparing the level of violence characteristic of games in Ancient Greece or tournaments and games popular in the Middle Ages, to the one that characterizes the current competitive sports, a particular line of the process of civilization is highlighted. ... the level of civilization of competition games and their variations remains incomprehensible if we do not at least approach them from the level of violence socially tolerated, from the level and the organization achieved by violence controls and, correspondingly, from the formation of conscience inside of those societies considered." NORBERT ELIAS, Sport et Violence (1976)