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"He didn't go in doing a skydive": sustaining the illusion of control in an edgework activity

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dc.contributor.author Laurendeau, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-02T21:14:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-02T21:14:03Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Laurendeau, J. (2006). “‘He didn’t go in doing a skydive’: Sustaining the ‘illusion’ of control in an edgework activity.” Sociological Perspectives, 49,4, 583-605. University of California Press. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3144
dc.description.abstract Exploring Lyng’s notion of “edgework,” this article draws on ethnographic data to explore the ways skydivers create and sustain the belief that they can maintain control while working the “edge” in this sport. The article focuses on the ways skydivers construct and maintain the “illusion” that they can exercise control as they negotiate their particular edge. It elaborates the ways this sense of control is constructed and the extent to which it informs the ways risk recreators approach the edge. In the choices jumpers make about how they participate in the sport and the ways they interpret the experiences of themselves and other jumpers, they defend the position that their hazardous environments are within their control. When this position becomes untenable, they often draw on the notion of fate to construct certain hazards as outside of the sport, thereby sustaining their sense of control. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of California Press en_US
dc.subject Edgework en_US
dc.subject Sport and risk en_US
dc.subject Control en_US
dc.subject Skydiving en_US
dc.subject Fate en_US
dc.subject Skydiving--Risk
dc.title "He didn't go in doing a skydive": sustaining the illusion of control in an edgework activity 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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