About this book
This book investigates extreme sports, defined as sports in which athletes challenge and transgress societal perceptions of what is humanly possible to achieve, in terms of physical training and bodily development/performance. Situated within a growing body of literature analysing the impact of new training trends on an individual’s body, identity, lifestyle and perception of his/her social surroundings, Extreme Sports, Extreme Bodies focuses on the gendered and embodied experiences of bodybuilding, Ironman triathlon, and mixed martial arts.
Through their ethnographic analysis, Andreasson and Johansson present a unique and updated account of the increasing phenomenon of extreme sports and extreme bodies in contemporary Western society, grounded in the sociology of sport, body studies and embodiment literature.
Enterprise culture Extreme exercise Sporting bodies Embodiment Corporeal experience Ironman Mixed martial arts Bodybuilding
Extreme Sports, Extreme Bodies
Gender, Identities and Bodies in Motion
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
Social Sciences (R0)
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0 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
Sociology of Sport and Leisure
Culture and Gender
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