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Description - Edgework by Stephen Lyng

What do skydiving, rock climbing and downhill skiing have in common with stock-trading, vandalism, unprotected sex and sadomasochism? All are high risk pursuits. This book will introduce the reader to the world of voluntary risk-taking, investigating the seductive nature of pursuing peril and teasing out boundaries between legal and criminal behavior; conscious and unconscious acts; sanity and insanity;acceptable risk and stupidity. Lyng has been writing about what he calls "edgework" for the past decade and has managed to form a profile of those who live life on the edge. Topics covered include: juvenile delinquency, rape, sadomasochism, avant-garde art, business risks and extreme sport., as well as the recent success of books that write about risk like Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415932172
ISBN-10: 0415932173
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Lyng

Stephen Lyng is Professor of Sociology at Carthage College, and author (with David D. Franks) of Sociology and the Real World.