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Why Would Anyone Do That?: Lifestyle Sport in the by Stephen C. Poulson

By Stephen C. Poulson

Triathlons, equivalent to the famously onerous Ironman Triathlon, and “extreme” mountain biking—hair-raising occasions held over highly risky terrain—are leading examples of the recent “lifestyle activities” that experience grown in recent times from oddball ambitions, practiced by way of a handful of characters, into multi-million-dollar industries. In Why might someone Do That? sociologist Stephen C. Poulson bargains a desirable exploration of those new and bodily hard activities, laying off gentle on why a few humans locate them so compelling.
 
Drawing on interviews with way of life game opponents, on his personal adventure as a player, on ads for way of life game apparatus, and on editorial content material of experience activity magazines, Poulson addresses quite a lot of matters. He notes that those activities are frequently defined as “authentic” demanding situations which support maintain athletes sane given the calls for they confront of their daily lives. yet is it particularly precious to “work” so tough at “play?” Is the self-discipline required to do those activities relatively an expression of freedom, or do those activities truly impose outstanding levels of conformity upon those athletes? Why may an individual Do That? grapples with those questions, and extra as a rule with no matter if way of life activity must always be thought of “good” for people. 
 
Poulson additionally seems at what occurs whilst a activity turns into a commodity—even a activity that could have began as a response opposed to company sport—arguing that commodification unavoidably performs a job in picking who performs, and likewise how and why the game is performed. it may well even support give you the which means that athletes assign to their participation within the recreation. ultimately, the publication explores the intersections of race, category, and gender with appreciate to participation in way of life and persistence activities, noting particularly that there's a close to entire absence of individuals of colour in each one of these contests. additionally, Poulson examines how innovations of masculinity in triathlons have replaced as women’s roles during this recreation increase.

 
 

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