Edgework: A Social Psychological Analysis of Voluntary Risk Taking

@article{Lyng1990EdgeworkAS,
  title={Edgework: A Social Psychological Analysis of Voluntary Risk Taking},
  author={Stephen Lyng},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1990},
  volume={95},
  pages={851 - 886}
}
  • S. Lyng
  • Published 1 January 1990
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
Voluntary risk taking is an activity that attracts a sizable number of people in American society but has been largely ignored by sociologists. A literature review is presented that points to a number of shortcomings in existing studies, most of which are associated with the psychological reductionism that predominates in this area of study. An effort is made to provide a sociological account of voluntary risk taking by (1) introducing a new classifyin concept- edgework-based on numerous themes… 
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