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Chancing your arm: the meaning of risk in rock climbing

West, Amanda and Allin, Linda Chancing your arm: the meaning of risk in rock climbing. Sport in Society, 13 (7/8). pp. 1234-1248. ISSN 1743-0437

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This paper explores the relationship between risk-taking and risk management by examining meanings attached to risk by a group of lifestyle sport participants. Drawing from in-depth interviews with male and female rock-climbers in the UK, it outlines the ways in which climbers’ construction of risk and risk management were intimately related to broader discourses of risk and self-reflexivity in contemporary western society. Analysing the data through reference to Douglas’ work on risk and identity shows how climbers’ discursive practices surrounding risk management are intrinsically related to their assumed identity as a competent, experienced and good climber. Consequently, this group of climbers established their credentials not by daring or risk-taking actions on the rock face but instead by demonstrating their competence in the way they managed and controlled risk.

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Depositing User: Amanda West


Item ID: 3339
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ISSN: 1743-0437
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Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 11:13
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 12:33


Author: Amanda West
Author: Linda Allin

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences


Social Sciences > Sociology

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