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Author Poulson, Stephen C., 1966- author.

Title Why would anyone do that? : lifestyle sport in the twenty-first century / Stephen C. Poulson.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]


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Description xviii, 224 pages ; 24 cm.
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Series Critical issues in sport and society
Critical issues in sport and society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : why would anyone ride a mountain bike in the middle of the night? -- Social life and sport -- Looking for adventure, looking for authenticity -- Disciplining bodies in lifestyle sport -- Types of lifestyle athletes and team touch of grey -- Resistance to discipline in a cycling community -- Why so white? Race and social class in lifestyle sport -- Where are the women? Differing levels of participation in lifestyle and adventure sport -- Conclusion -- Appendix : My experience with lifestyle sport and location of the study.
Summary Drawing on interviews, participant observation, ethnography, research on sports in the media and advertising, and editorial content in adventure sport magazines, the author examines why people participate in lifestyle or adventure sports, focusing on triathlons and mountain biking, and the role of social structure and individual agency. He reviews studies related to sport and adventure sport, as well as key theories related to structure and agency, then addresses the meaning of adventure in modern life and the quest for authentic experiences among athletes; the role of discipline; types and characteristics of adventure sport athletes; resistance to acts of sporting discipline; and the role of race, class, and gender in participation.
Subject Extreme sports -- Social aspects.
Sports -- Sociological aspects.
Risk-taking (Psychology)
ISBN 9780813564432 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0813564433 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780813564449 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0813564441 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780813564456 (e-book (web pdf))
9780813575728 (e-book (epub))

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