World in the Curl An Unconventional History of Surfing

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ISBN-13: 9780307719485
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Description: The thinking-person's guide to surfing and the world it has created.   For several semesters, the most popular course at the University of California at Santa Barbara was a team-taught lecture course on the history of surfing and, specifically, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

The thinking-person's guide to surfing and the world it has created.   For several semesters, the most popular course at the University of California at Santa Barbara was a team-taught lecture course on the history of surfing and, specifically, the cultural, political, economic, and environmental consequences of surfing's evolution from a sport of Hawaiian kings to a billion-dollar worldwide industry. Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul weren't surprised by the popularity of the class (UC Santa Barbara is a surfing school, after all, and together they have more than a century of experience in the water), but they were surprised that their non-surfing students outnumbered the surfers. There is something about surfing that people yearn to understand--and this is the book that examines the enduring worldwide appeal of the sport both in myth and reality.     Drawing on the authors' expertise as, respectively, a cold war historian and a historian of environmental history,The Surfing Professors Explain the Worldbrings alive the colorful history of surfing by drawing readers into the ideas that have fueled the sport's expansion: colonialism, the military-industrial complex, globalization, capitalism, and race and gender roles. In a highly readable and provocative narrative history of the sport's signal moments--from the spread of surfing to the US, to the development of surf culture, to the introduction of women into the sport--Neushul and Westwick draw an indelible portrait of surfing and surfers as actors on the global stage.

Preface
Introduction
The Cradle of Surfing
The Duke, Dillingham, and the Waikiki Dream
The Dark Side of Paradise: Race and Sex in Hawaii
Inventing Surfurbia: Surfing to California
War and Surfing
The Surf Boom
Charlie Don't Surf: Surfing and Counterculture
Surfing Turns Pro
Engineering the Coast
Beating the Crowds, Literally and Otherwise
Surf Tech
Surfing at the Frontiers
Women and Surfing: From Flappers to Roxy Girl
From Waikiki to Wall Street
The World in the Curl
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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