Ian Ritchie, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 279
905 688 5550 x3966

I have a particular interest in the use of performance-enhancing substances in international, high-performance sport, especially in the Olympic Games, and the creation of rules against ‘doping’. However, this interest is part of a more general one related to the development of value systems related to dominant forms of sport in modern times. The book “Fastest, Highest, Strongest: A Critique of High-Performance Sport” (Routledge 2006, co-authored with Rob Beamish), critically examines the development of anti-doping policies in sport, specifically the creation of Olympic rules against doping during the post-WWII period. I am also interested in gender construction in sport, specifically the history of ‘sex testing’ policies, and generally the history of the Olympic Games.

  • Doping and anti-doping policies in the Olympic Games
  • Canadian anti-doping policies
  • Sex testing
  • General History of the Olympic Games
  • International Network of Doping Research (INDR)
  • North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
  • International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

Ritchie, Ian (2020, In Progress) “‘A Brief to Mr. Justice Charles Dubin’: Moving Forward by Looking Back in Anti-Doping History.” To be submitted to the Journal of Olympic Studies.

Ritchie, Ian (2020, In Progress) “Spirit, Myth, and Power: Doping, Anti-Doping, and the Olympic Games.” London and New York: Routledge.

Krieger, Jörg, Lindsay Parks Pieper, and Ian Ritchie (editors) (2020, Forthcoming) International Federations and National Governing Bodies: The Historical Development of Institutional Policies in Response to Challenging Issues in Sport. Forthcoming full special issue of Sport History Review (No. 1, Spring Issue).

Ritchie, Ian (2020) “Thinking Sociologically: Sport, Physical Culture, and Critical Theory.” In Jay Scherer and Brian Wilson (editors), Sport and Physical Culture in Canadian Society. Toronto: Pearson Canada, pp. 25-50.

Ritchie, Ian and Lindsay Parks Pieper (2019) “The Convoluted History of Sex Determination in Sport: Finding a Way Forward with Current and Emerging Technologies.” In Cheryl Mallen (editor), Emerging Technologies in Sport: Implications for Sport Management. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 127-141.

Ritchie, Ian (2019) “Class, Sports, and Society.” In Joseph Maguire, Mark Falcous, and Katie Liston (editors), The Business and Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 253-273.

Ritchie, Ian and Sophie Yiptong (2018) “Fracas in Caracas: The Social Construction of Canada’s First Anti-Doping Policy.” In M.K. Heine, R.K. Barney, and L. Misener (editors), Global Fault Lines in Olympic and Paralympic Sport, proceedings of the 14th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research. London, Ontario: The International Centre for Olympic Studies, pp. 80-87.

Ritchie, Ian and Kathryn Henne (2018) “Amateurism, Scientific Control, and Crime: Historical Fluctuations in Anti-Doping Discourses in Sport.” Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp. 18-29, https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-01-2018-0003. Special issue: Sport, Crime and Deviance.

Krieger, Jörg, Lindsay Parks Pieper and Ian Ritchie (2018) “Sex, Drugs and Science: The IOC’s and IAAF’s Attempts to Control Fairness in Sport.” Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2018.1435004. Special issue: The Blend of Science and Sport.

Ritchie, Ian (2017) “The Olympics as ‘Something Else’: Understanding the Success and Tensions of the Olympic Games through its Foundation Myths.” World History Bulletin, special issue Collective Memory and the Global Event, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1: 28-32.

Ritchie, Ian (2016) Review of Kathryn E. Henne, “Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51(5): 632-634. See also on-line at http://irs.sagepub.com/content/51/5/632.full.pdf+html.

Ritchie, Ian (2016) “Understanding Doping as ‘Cheating’ From the Perspective of History.” In Timothy Delaney (editor), Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 31-41.

Ritchie, Ian (2016) “Cops and Robbers? The Roots of Anti-Doping Policies in Olympic Sport.” In Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, 9(16), March. The Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of History. See: https://origins.osu.edu/article/cops-and-robbers-roots-anti-doping-policies-olympic-sport/page/0/0.

Beamish, Rob and Ian Ritchie (2015) “Ben Johnson, Charles Dubin, and ‘The Spirit of Sport’: Canada’s Role in International Anti-Doping Policies.” Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, XXIV, 47-72.

Ritchie, Ian (2015) “Enhancing Performance and Performance Enhancers in the Olympic Movement: Historical and Sociological Considerations.” In Cora Burnett, Stephan Wassong, Kobus Roux, and Jörg Krieger (editors), Historical and Contemporary Issues in Olympic Studies. Proceedings of the Olympic Studies Conference held at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 98-111.

Ritchie, Ian (2015) “Social Class and Sport.” In Richard Giulianotti (editor), Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport. London and New York: Routledge, 210-219.

Ritchie, Ian (2015) “Understanding Performance-Enhancing Substances and Sanctions Against Their Use from the Perspective of History.” In Verner Møller, Ivan Waddington, and John Hoberman (editors), Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Sport. London and New York: Routledge, 20-30.

Ritchie, Ian (2015) “The Construction of a Policy: The World Anti-Doping Code’s ‘Spirit of Sport’ Clause.” Performance Enhancement & Health, 2(4): 194-200. See also on-line at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2014.10.002.

Ritchie, Ian (2015) “Sociological Theories of Sport.” In Jane Crossman and Jay Scherer (editors), Social Dimensions of Canadian Sport and Physical Activity. Toronto: Pearson Canada, 19-42.

Ritchie, Ian (2014) Review of Lucie Thibault and Jean Harvey (editors), “Sport Policy in Canada.” Sport History Review, 45(2), 224-226.

Ritchie, Ian and Greg Jackson (2014) “Politics and ‘Shock’: Reactionary Anti-Doping Policy Objectives in Canadian and International Sport.” International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 6(2): 195-212. Also on-line at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2013.773358.

Ritchie, Ian (2014) “Pierre de Coubertin, Doped ‘Amateurs’ and the ‘Spirit of Sport’: The Role of Mythology in Olympic Anti-Doping Policies.” The International Journal of the History of Sport, 31(8), 820-838. Also on-line at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2014.883500.

  • Sociology of Sport I
  • Sociology of Sport II
  • Sociology of the Modern Olympic Games
  •  Social Theories of Sport and Physical Activity