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Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports

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ISBN-10: 0415478588

ISBN-13: 9780415478588

Edition: 2014

Authors: Belinda Wheaton

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $82.99
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: 1.012
Language: English

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