Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports
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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.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publication date: 7/23/2013
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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, ï¿½Ç nature' 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|