Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Medical - 213 pages
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Current popular interest in bodies, fitness, sport and active lifestyles, has made bodybuilding more visible and acceptable within mainstream society than ever before. However, the association between bodybuilding, drugs and risk has contributed to a negative image of an activity which many people find puzzling.
Using data obtained from participant observation and interviews, this book explores bodybuilding subculture from the perspective of the bodybuilder. It looks at:
* How bodybuilders try to maintain competent social identities
* How they manage the risks of using steroids and other physique-enhancing drugs
* How they understand the alleged steroid-violence link
* How they 'see' the muscular body.
Through systematic exploration it becomes apparent that previous attempts to explain bodybuilding in terms of 'masculinity-in-crisis' or gender insecurity are open to question. Different and valuable insights into what sustains and legitimizes potentially dangerous drug-taking activities are provided by this detailed picture of a huge underground subculture.
 

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Contents

Introduction risking the physical and social self
1
Bodybuilding a demonised drug subculture
25
Parameters for successful bodybuilding
45
Creating the perfect body a variable project
73
Bodybuilding ethnopharmacology managing steroid risks
95
Steroid accessory drugs
129
Bodybuilding steroids and violence
156
Conclusion constructing appropriate bodies and identities
181
Bibliography
197
Index
209
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Dr Lee Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick.

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