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Description - The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports by Belinda Wheaton

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 reality age, risk and responsibility nature and environmentalism governance and regulation identity and the politics of difference commercialization 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415478588
ISBN-10: 0415478588
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Belinda Wheaton

Belinda Wheaton is Principal Research Fellow in Sport and Leisure Cultures at the University of Brighton, UK. Her extensive research on lifestyle sport cultures has been published across a wide range of international journals and edited collections. She is also the editor of Understanding Lifestyle Sports: consumption, identity and difference (Routledge, 2004) and The Consumption and Representation of Lifestyle Sports (Routledge, 2012).

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