Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports - Contributors Needed
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we extend invitations to members of this list to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports. Ranging from brief biographical sketches to lengthy survey articles, the Encyclopedia will provide general readers, students, scholars, and sports enthusiasts with a comprehensive, authoritative source of information on the history and culture of extreme sports. We anticipate over 300 entries which will cover individual sports, sociocultural issues, media, geographic places, photography, companies & entrepreneurs, and individual athletes and participants. Our publisher, ABC-CLIO, has an established international reputation for its many award-winning reference books (including the Encyclopedia of World Sport published in 1996).
As editors, we encourage a broad-ranging approach to “extreme” sports so as to include sports which surpass the danger or endurance of “traditional” sports as well as various “recreational” activities from which newly emergent sports are derived. Thus, for example, we seek entries on sports such as surfing, mountaineering, sky diving, speed/steep skiing, and skateboarding; but also more recent derivatives including snowboarding, wakeboarding, in-line skating, and B.A.S.E. jumping.
We understand the traditional scholarly reticence—"I have no expertise in extreme sports"—yet we feel that, with emergent sport forms such as extreme sports, many of the important questions, methods, and interdisciplinary contextualizations can be brought to bear upon the histories, sociologies, biographies surrounding this newly coined realm called extreme sports.
All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the published book. We can offer a US$ honorarium for the longer essays.
We have attached a preliminary entry list. We are open to other ideas as well (and encourage interested contributors to propose topics and potential entries). Please contact either of us for further information.
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