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Policing the edge: risk and social control in skydiving

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Show simple item record Laurendeau, Jason Van Brunschot, Erin Gibbs 2012-10-02T21:09:24Z 2012-10-02T21:09:24Z 2006
dc.identifier.citation Laurendeau, J. and E. Gibbs Van Brunschot. (2006). “Policing the edge: Risk and social control in skydiving.” Deviant Behavior, 27,2, 173-201. (Taylor & Francis) en_US
dc.description Galley Proof en_US
dc.description.abstract In this article, we draw on participant observation and interview data to explore risk and social control in skydiving. We explore Lyng’s (1990) concept of edgework, and argue that too little attention has been paid to the ways edgeworkers may be enabled or constrained by various actors both outside and inside the edgework setting. We suggest that, while skydiving evokes notions of freedom and creativity, participants, and to a lesser extent outsiders, constrain individual freedoms in skydiving through various formal and informal attempts at policing. In particular, experienced skydivers monitor how other jumpers go about negotiating the edge, often subtly and sometimes conspicuously encouraging them to perform edgework in an acceptable manner. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for the conceptualization of the edgework model. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Edgework en_US
dc.subject Social control en_US
dc.subject Skydiving--Risk en_US
dc.title Policing the edge: risk and social control in skydiving en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Sociology Department en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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