A Genealogy of Male Bodybuilding: From classical to freaky by Dimitris Liokaftos

By Dimitris Liokaftos

Bodybuilding has turn into an more and more dominant a part of renowned gymnasium tradition in the final century. constructing muscle groups is now obvious as crucial for either normal healthiness and excessive functionality activity. on the extra severe finish, the monstrous?built physique has develop into a pop icon that keeps to impress fascination. This unique and fascinating research explores the improvement of male bodybuilding tradition from the 19th century to the current day, tracing its changes and providing a brand new standpoint on its present severe course.

Drawing on archival examine, interviews, player commentary, and discourse research, this ebook provides a severe mapping of bodybuilding’s trajectory. Following this trajectory during the wider sociocultural adjustments it's been part of, a distinct mixture of ancient and empirical facts is used to enquire the aesthetics of bodybuilding and the moving notions of the great physique and human nature they replicate.

This e-book should be attention-grabbing studying for all these attracted to the historical past and tradition of bodybuilding, in addition to for college kids and researchers of the sociology of recreation, gender and the physique.


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