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Embracing RiskThe Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility$
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Tom Baker and Jonathan Simon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226035185

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226035178.001.0001

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Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societies

Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societies

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(p.177) Eight Taking Risks: Extreme Sports and the Embrace of Risk in Advanced Liberal Societies
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Embracing Risk
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Jonathan Simon

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226035178.003.0008

This chapter begins by analyzing risk and security in the context of extreme sports. Focusing on mountain climbing, it investigates how ideologies of risk taking and responsibility are disseminated and constructed through popular culture. The chapter identifies “summiteering” and “mountaineering” as two competing approaches to risk. Summiteering focuses on reaching the summit and embodies the embrace of risk as a nostalgic return to capitalism in the eras before regulation, welfare, and insurance. Mountaineering focuses on the personal skills and social relations necessary to survive and thrive in mountain environments.

Keywords:   summiteering, mountaineering, risk taking, embrace of risk, personal skills, social relations

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