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Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societies

Jonathan Simon

in Embracing Risk

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780226035185
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226035178.003.0008
Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societies

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This chapter begins by analyzing risk and security in the context of extreme sports. Focusing on mountain climbing, it investigates how ideologies of risk taking and responsibility are disseminated and constructed through popular culture. The chapter identifies “summiteering” and “mountaineering” as two competing approaches to risk. Summiteering focuses on reaching the summit and embodies the embrace of risk as a nostalgic return to capitalism in the eras before regulation, welfare, and insurance. Mountaineering focuses on the personal skills and social relations necessary to survive and thrive in mountain environments.

Keywords: summiteering; mountaineering; risk taking; embrace of risk; personal skills; social relations

Chapter.  13748 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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