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Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

ISBN-10: 0415478588
ISBN-13: 9780415478588
Edition: 2014
Authors: Belinda Wheaton
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Book details

List price: $75.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports – parkour, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and others – and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the meaning and experience of ‘sport’, physical culture and identity in the twenty-first century. The book offers a critique of the main theoretical frameworks with which lifestyle sports are usually understood, including the concepts of ‘subculture’, ‘neo-tribe’, ‘symbolic community’ and ‘serious leisure’. Drawing on a series of in-depth, empirical case-studies, it explores a range of key contemporary themes in lifestyle sport, such as:sport scapes, media discourse and lived realityage, risk and responsibilitynature and environmentalismgovernance and regulationidentity and the politics of differencecommercialization and globalization.Casting new light on the significance of sport and sporting subcultures within contemporary society, this book is essential reading for any student or researcher working in the sociology of sport or cultural studies.

Introduction
Conceptualising lifestyle sport: From subculture to neo-tribes
Researching lifestyle sports: ethnography, insider accounts and the politics of representation
Mapping the lifestyle sport subcultures
Contested identities, discourses of authenticity, and the media
Sold out? Commercialisation and globalisation re-examined
Escaping urban life: lifestyle sport, �Ǡnature' and environmentalism
Governance and regulation
Parkour, urban space and transgression
Lifestyle sport, identity and (politics of) difference
Theorising identity and difference: discourses of gender and race
Silver surfers: surfing and embodiment through the life course
Skateboarding and surfing in (post-Apartheid) South Africa
Inclusivity and the discourses of gender in Parkour
Surfin' USA: White masculinity and the exclusion of the African American surfer
Conclusions: The political potential of lifestyle sport reconsidered

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