Edgework: The Sociology of Risk-taking

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Social Science - 297 pages
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What do skydiving, rock climbing, and downhill skiing have in common with stock-trading, unprotected sex, and sadomasochism? All are high risk pursuits. Edgework explores the world of voluntary risk-taking, investigating the seductive nature of pursuing peril and teasing out the boundaries between legal and criminal behavior; conscious and unconscious acts; sanity and insanity; acceptable risk and stupidity. The distinguished contributors to this collection profile high risk-takers and explore their experiences with risk through such topics as juvenile delinquency, street anarchism, sadomasochism, avant-garde art, business risks, and extreme sport.
 

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Contents

Edgework and the RiskTaking Experience
3
Theoretical Advances in the Study of Edgework
15
Sociology at the Edge Social Theory and Voluntary Risk Taking
17
Edgework A Subjective and Structural Model of Negotiating Boundaries
51
The Edgework Experience Anarchy and Aesthetics
73
The Only Possible Adventure Edgework and Anarchy
75
Edgework and the Aesthetic Paradigm Resonances and High Hopes
89
Group Variations in Edgework Practices Gender Age and Class
116
Adventure Without Risk Is Like Disneyland
173
Financial Edgework Trading in Market Currents
187
Historicizing Edgework
201
Edgework and Insurance in Risk Societies Some Notes on Victorian Lawyers and Mountaineers
203
On the Edge Drugs and the Consumption of Risk in Late Modernity
227
Edgework in the Academy
246
Intellectual Risk Taking Organizations and Academic Freedom and Tenure
247
Doing Terrorism Research in the Dark Ages Confessions of a Bottom Dog
273

Gender and Emotion Management in the Stages of Edgework
117
Adolescents on the Edge The Sensual Side of Delinquency
153
Mainstreaming Edgework
172

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About the author (2005)

Stephen Lyng is Professor of Sociology at Carthage College, and author (with David D. Franks) of Sociology and the Real World.

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