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The Practice of Control in Risk Activities
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Center for Social Analysis (CESAM).
2014 (English)In: Facing un Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology: Book of Abstracts, [S.l.]: International Sociological Association, ISA , 2014, 701-701 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I would like to challenge the dominating understanding of voluntary risk-taking as activities with a focus on risk (Lyng 2005). Instead I am arguing for a shift in focus from risk to control, which is the outcome of a successful interaction with risk. Based on a case study from scuba diving, I analyse the practice of control as what Foucault (1988) calls a “technology of the self”. With this shift in focus to control, participants in risk activities are understood as practicing a dominating ideal in the neo-liberal society, where the individual is increasingly supposed to be responsible and in control of his/her own life (Simon 2002).

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[S.l.]: International Sociological Association, ISA , 2014. 701-701 p.
Keyword [en]
Control, risk, Technology of the self
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27247OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27247DiVA: diva2:771423
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XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014
Available from: 2014-12-13 Created: 2014-12-13 Last updated: 2017-03-24Bibliographically approved

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