Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk (Health, Risk and Society) by Lee Monaghan

By Lee Monaghan

Present renowned curiosity in our bodies, health, recreation and lively existence, has made bodybuilding extra seen and appropriate inside mainstream society than ever prior to. besides the fact that, the organization among bodybuilding, medicines and chance has contributed to a unfavorable photograph of an job which many of us locate complicated. utilizing information bought from player commentary and interviews, this publication explores bodybuilding way of life from the viewpoint of the bodybuilder. It appears to be like at: * How bodybuilders attempt to continue efficient social identities* How they deal with the hazards of utilizing steroids and different physique-enhancing medications* How they comprehend the alleged steroid-violence hyperlink* How they 'see' the muscular body.Through systematic exploration it turns into obvious that past makes an attempt to provide an explanation for bodybuilding when it comes to 'masculinity-in-crisis' or gender lack of confidence are open to question. assorted and precious insights into what sustains and legitimizes most likely harmful drug-taking actions are supplied through this specific photo of a big underground culture.

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A former competition bodybuilder commented: Doug: I mean, if I was a competitive bodybuilder now, and you asked me [whether all people in the gym are bodybuilders] I would have said: ‘no, only the competitive bodybuilders. All the others aren’t’. You know what I mean? Like my answer would have been different. ’ And they’d say: ‘no, just the bodybuilders, you know they’re competitive and they belong to NABBA [National Amateur Body Building Association] or some other organisation and they’re competing or have competed.

As well as establishing my identity as an academic researcher, it represented a useful opportunity to take ‘time out’ from bodybuilders’ more immediate practical concerns. Often, topics addressed during lengthy audio-recorded face-to-face interviews (some of which were held over several days, lasting in excess of six hours) related to matters that were not casually topical, but sociologically relevant (similarly, see Holstein and Gubrium 1997: 126). These phenomenologically open interviews provided detailed qualitative data on various issues including: orientations to lifting weights; diverse sources of information; bodybuilders’ ethno-pharmacological, nutritional and physiological knowledge; risk perceptions and management strategies.

You know? The ones who are just learning, they’re not really golfers at all. Although they think they are! (Interview: Respondent 29) Arguably, training with the intention of entering a competition is a strict definition of bodybuilding which is too exclusive (Mansfield and McGinn 1993: 51). Entering a bodybuilding show is a rite of passage clearly demarcating bodybuilders from other categories of weight trainer, but this is not a necessary qualification for group membership. Bodybuilding may be conceived as high in ‘grid’ (comprising of social distinctions and adherence to particular rules of conduct), but the strong ‘group’ boundary erected between participants and the outside world extends beyond formal competition status (cf.

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