The pleasures of consumption: the curious case of Phillip

Nicholas Gibbs*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chapter 6 considers the role of pleasure and lifestyle in IPED consumption, drawing on a case study of the book’s oldest subject, Phillip. A sprawling interview conducted with Phillip in a coffee shop in Potsford is utilized to first introduce this notable participant, before unpacking his initially instrumental motivations to use IPEDs. However, although first rooted in sporting aspiration, Phillip’s consumption exemplified the age-defying, lifestyle-enhancing experiences of consuming IPEDs and his use is therefore explored in relation to medicalization, the liberal tenet of a mastery over nature, and testosterone as a gateway to ‘perma-adolescence’. Though a unique case study, this exploration serves to highlight the role of pleasure and lifestyle within the broader IPED-using population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Muscle Trade
Subtitle of host publicationThe Use and Supply of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs
EditorsNick Gibbs
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781529228038, 9781529228045
ISBN (Print)9781529227949
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2023

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