The sociality of high-sensation seeking

Formal title

The sociality of high-sensation seeking – a sociological investigation of value systems in risk sports


This study illuminates participation in risk sports with an emphasis on voluntary risk taking.


Throughout the western world, risk sports are getting increasingly popular. The rising interest in such activities and the motivation for voluntary risk taking is in this dissertation analyzed from a sociological point of view.  Risk sports are examined from two different analytical levels: macro- and meso- (group) levels. The main research topic concerning the macro-level investigates how general social changes might affect participation in risk sports. From a meso-level, questions such as which values dominate in specific risk sports, how are these values learnt, how is status achieved and what the role of risk taking in such cultures is, are asked.