Edgework: The Sociology of Risk-Taking

1st Edition

Stephen Lyng

Routledge
Published October 26, 2004
Reference - 320 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415932172 - CAT# RT2173

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Summary

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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