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    Lightbulb Bodybuilding research

    https://www.amazon.com/Bodybuilding-.../dp/0415226821

    Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk is the best research study on bodybuilding that I have found. (It doesn't have a lot of competition at book length.) The author treats bodybuilders as a demonized subculture that is misunderstood by much of the non-bodybuilding public (especially those who know no one involved in the bodybuilding life). Bodybuilding is treated in terms of risk taking, but the overall thrust of the book is to defend it from its detractors.

    If you care to examine the book, the above link has a "look inside" feature by the scan of the cover that lets you see sample pages.

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    Google preview of the above book on pdf (no, not PDA!).

    file:///C:/Users/Mike/Downloads/9780...glepreview.pdf

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    https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Read.../dp/0415878527

    I've seen this & it looked pretty good to me, although I haven't read it. It has research articles on a variety of subjects.

    Critical Readings in Bodybuilding (2011, Routledge). Amazon has a "look inside" feature on it.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Little-Big-Me.../dp/0791415600

    Little Big Men: Bodybuilding Subculture & Gender Construction (SUNY, 1993) is a solid anthropological study of gym culture. It is a little dated at this point, but I think much of its analysis is valid (unlike The Adonis Complex, which I think isn't).

    If you haven't seen The Adonis Complex, here it is. But I think its methodology is weak & its conclusions are dubious.

    https://www.amazon.com/Adonis-Comple...s=books&sr=1-1
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    The Wiki page on Muscle dysmorphia is pretty good. I edited it to clarify several statements, which were sometimes unclear.

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