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Edgework : The Sociology of Risk-Taking - Stephen Lyng


The Sociology of Risk-Taking

By: Stephen Lyng (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415932172
Number Of Pages: 312

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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.

"At last, a book that has taken the concept of edgework and developed it both theoretically and with reference to many and new areas of voluntary risk-taking. Every essay is fascinating and the collection as a whole is a sustained and focused sociological exploration of life on the edge. Not only a delight to read, but a genuine contribution to the discipline. This book will have a significant impact in many areas, from cultural studies and criminology to the sociology of emotions and the study of the 'risk society'."
-Pat O'Malley, Carleton University, author of "Risk, Uncertainty and Government
"At a time when governments seek more than ever before to regulate and restrict everyday social behavior, a book such as this one that concerns itself with the transgressing of boundaries and life on the edge will prove invaluable to both academics and students alike. This exciting collection is therefore timely and will serve to put the concept of edgework in front of a new generation of students in sociology, criminology, and cultural studies."
-Mike Presdee, University of Kent, author of "Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime and editor of "Cultural Criminology Unleashed
"Stephen Lyng's concept of edgework illuminates a wide range of social situations: it is sociology at the edge, the place where norms are negotiated and boundaries contested. It is a key concept in the sociology of risk and in the emerging cultural criminology. Lyng and his colleagues extend this analysis to the sociology of adventure, from drug use to the study of terrorism. This book is packed full of inspiration, and is an exhilarating read."
-Jock Young, John Jay College of Criminal Justice andthe Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of "The Exclusive Society

Introduction: Edgework and the Risk-Taking Experiencep. 3
Theoretical Advances in the Study of Edgework
Sociology at the Edge: Social Theory and Voluntary Risk Takingp. 17
Edgework: A Subjective and Structural Model of Negotiating Boundariesp. 51
The Edgework Experience: Anarchy and Aesthetics
The Only Possible Adventure: Edgework and Anarchyp. 75
Edgework and the Aesthetic Paradigm: Resonances and High Hopesp. 89
Group Variations in Edgework Practices: Gender, Age, and Class
Gender and Emotion Management in the Stages of Edgeworkp. 117
Adolescents on the Edge: The Sensual Side of Delinquencyp. 153
Mainstreaming Edgework
Adventure Without Risk Is Like Disneylandp. 173
Financial Edgework: Trading in Market Currentsp. 187
Historicizing Edgework
Edgework and Insurance in Risk Societies: Some Notes on Victorian Lawyers and Mountaineersp. 203
On the Edge: Drugs and the Consumption of Risk in Late Modernityp. 227
Edgework in the Academy
Intellectual Risk Taking, Organizations, and Academic Freedom and Tenurep. 247
Doing Terrorism Research in the Dark Ages: Confessions of a Bottom Dogp. 273
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780415932172
ISBN-10: 0415932173
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 5th November 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1

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