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Extreme Sports, Extreme Bodies

Gender, Identities and Bodies in Motion

Benefits

  • Relates corporeal experiences and achievements to the socio-cultural context

  • Assesses the ways in which assumptions about health, gender and the body are embedded in extreme-sport practices

  • Contributes to a new understanding of three key extreme sports: mixed marital arts (MMA), ironman triathlon and bodybuilding

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introducing Extreme Sporting Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 3-23
    3. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 25-44
  3. Bodybuilding and the Fitness Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 47-65
    3. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 67-94
    4. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 95-103
  4. Bending Bodies Through Ironman Triathlon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 107-125
    3. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 127-148
    4. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 149-155
  5. Mixed Martial Arts and Spectacular Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 159-181
    3. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 183-200
    4. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 201-208
  6. Theorising Extreme Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Jesper Andreasson, Thomas Johansson
      Pages 211-229
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-248

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Enterprise culture Extreme exercise Sporting bodies Embodiment Corporeal experience Ironman Mixed martial arts Bodybuilding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Linnaeus UniversityKalmarSweden
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

About the authors

Jesper Andreasson is Associate Professor of Sport Science at Linnaeus University, Sweden, researching predominantly in the fields of gender studies, the sociology of sport and gym/fitness culture.

Thomas Johansson is Professor of Child and Youth Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and is one of the key researchers in the field of men and masculinities in the Nordic countries.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Extreme Sports, Extreme Bodies
  • Book Subtitle Gender, Identities and Bodies in Motion
  • Authors Jesper Andreasson
    Thomas Johansson
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97238-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-97237-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07322-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-97238-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Culture and Gender
    Gender Studies
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