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Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk

Current popular interest in bodies, fitness, sport and active lifestyles, has made bodybuilding more visible and acceptable within mainstream society than ever before. However, the association between bodybuilding, drugs and risk has contributed to a negative image of an activity which many people find puzzling. Using data obtained from participant observation and interviews, this book explores bodybuilding subculture from the perspective of the bodybuilder.
Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk
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Current popular interest in bodies, fitness, sport and active lifestyles has made bodybuilding more visible and acceptable within mainstream society than ever before. However, the association between bodybuilding, drugs and risk has contributed to a negative image of an activity which many people find puzzling. Using data obtained from participant observation and interviews, this book explores bodybuilding subculture from the perspective of the bodybuilder. It looks at: how bodybuilders try to maintain competent social identities; how they manage the risks of using steroids and other physique-enhancing drugs; how they understand the alleged steroid-violence link; and how they see the muscular body. Through systematic exploration it becomes apparent that previous attempts to explain bodybuilding in terms of "masculinity-in-crisis" or gender insecurity are open to question. Different and valuable insights into what sustains and legitimizes potentially dangerous drug-taking activities are provided by this detailed picture of a huge underground subculture.
Preface. 1.Introduction 2.Bodybuilding: A Demonised Drug Subculture 3.Parameters for Successful Bodybuilding 4.Creating 'The Perfect Body': A Variable Project 5.Bodybuilding Ethnopharmacology: Managing Steroid Risks 6.Steroid Accessory Drugs 7.Bodybuilding, Steroids and Violence 8.Conclusion: Constructing 'Appropriate' Bodies and Indentities
Author
Lee Monaghan
Publisher
Routledge
Series
Health, Risk and Society
Language
English
ISBN-10
041522683X
ISBN-13
9780415226837
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
362.290
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-01-31
Imprint
Routledge
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
1st
Short Title
BODYBUILDING DRUGS & RISK
Pages
232
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