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Little Big Men - 93 edition

by Alan M. Klein

Little Big Men (ISBN10: 0791415600; ISBN13: 9780791415603)
ISBN13: 978-0791415603
ISBN10: 0791415600

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0791415597
ISBN10: 0791415597

Summary: In a study conducted on the west coast, Klein (sociology and anthropology, Northeastern U.) explores the daily life, gym culture, and external and internal pressures of competitive bodybuilders. He finds ''comic-book masculinity,'' which includes elements of narcissism, homophobia, hypermasculinity, and fascism. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Edition/Copyright: 93
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: State University of NY Press
Published: 08/01/1993
International: No



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Albany, New York, U.S.A. 1993 Softcover Third Impression Very Good in Paper Wrappers jacket 8vo. pp. 326, "Sociologist/anthropologist Klein ( Sugarball: The American Game, The Dominican Dream ) spen ...show moret seven years hanging out at four elite West Coast bodybuilding gyms, and his observations of this strange, hyper-masculine subculture, though sometimes shackled by academic jargon, are telling. He tracks bodybuilding's roots in Charles Atlas ads and the film Pumping Iron, then offers a taxonomy of gym characters, from onlookers to professional bodybuilders. He savvily analyzes "the political economy of bodybuilding, " describing how a few entrepreneurs and promoters control the sport, and how competitors find jobs--as bouncers, bodyguards and the like--at which they can put their muscle to use. Klein finds much irony in the view that one's body is entirely in one's control, since genetics affect potential, and steroids destroy more than they add. " ...show less
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