Edgework by Stephen Lyng
The Sociology of Risk-Taking

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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.

About Stephen Lyng

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Stephen Lyng is Professor of Sociology at Carthage College, and author (with David D. Franks) of Sociology and the Real World.
Published November 7, 2004 by Routledge. 312 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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