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Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports
The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports offers a comprehensive dissection of this new and emerging phenomenon, and its characteristics, philosophy, ideology, functions, history and future. The Encyclopedia contextualizes extreme sports, especially their key componentriskfrom a number of disciplinary perspectives including history, sociology, psychology, theology and physiology. In examining the history of individual extreme sports, the Encyclopedia explores ancient, feudal and cross-cultural forms while also looking at the appeal of modern extreme activities to entrepreneurs, marketers, advertisers and the media as they seek to connect with consumers in the critical 13-34-age cohort.The commercialization of extreme sports as well as their institutionalization formation of governing bodies, grand prix circuits, and inclusion in traditional mega-events such as the Olympic Gameshighlights another critical dimension addressed by the Encyclopedia, their contradictory and paradoxical nature. As numerous commentators have observed, participants in extreme sports are typically no less racist, sexist and class and status conscious than their brothers and sisters participating in mainstream sports.Coverage is truly global and interdisciplinary and includes what we have learned about sports through research based in the fields of Sports Management, Physical Education, Human Movement Studies, Kinesiology, Sports Sociology, Sport History, and Sport Science. With sports studies now a diverse, global field, the integrated and interdisciplinary approach of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport is much needed because it will fully meet the information needs of students, teachers, researchers, professionals, and sports enthusiasts of all interests.
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