Extreme Sports, Extreme Bodies: Gender, Identities and Bodies in Motion

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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.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Body Studies and Carnal Sociology
24
Part II Bodybuilding and the Fitness Revolution
45
Pain and Pleasure in MuscleBuilding Practices
47
4 Negotiating the Subcultural Body
66
Concluding Thoughts
95
Part III Bending Bodies Through Ironman Triathlon
104
6 Discipline Transcendence and Bodily Fluids
105
Part IV Mixed Martial Arts and Spectacular Bodies
156
9 Fists Blood and Emotions
159
10 ReNegotiating Violence
182
Concluding Thoughts
201
Part V Theorising Extreme Bodies
209
12 Bodies in Theory and Practice
211
Research Design and Methodology
230
Index
241

7 The Family Puzzle in Ironman Triathlon
127
Concluding Thoughts
149

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About the author (2018)

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.

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