Anyone get this journal? It's put out by the University of California and came across an abstract that sounds interesting, but even when I try to go to the payment page to view it, it says I do not have access...so I'm guessing you need to be with the institution or something.
This is the abstract:
Winter 2006, Vol. 49, No. 4, Pages 583–605
Posted online on January 10, 2007.
"He didn't Go in Doing A Skydive": Sustaining the Illusion of Control in an Edgework Activity
University of Lethbridge
Exploring Lyng's notion of "edgework," this article draws on ethnographic data to explore the ways skydivers create and sustain the belief that they can maintain control while working the "edge" in this sport. The article focuses on the ways skydivers construct and maintain the "illusion" that they can exercise control as they negotiate their particular edge. It elaborates the ways this sense of control is constructed and the extent to which it informs the ways risk recreators approach the edge. In the choices jumpers make about how they participate in the sport and the ways they interpret the experiences of themselves and other jumpers, they defend the position that their hazardous environments are within their control. When this position becomes untenable, they often draw on the notion of fate to construct certain hazards as outside of the sport, thereby sustaining their sense of control.