This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports - parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others - and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of `sport' and physical culture.
Drawing on a series of in-depth, empirical case-studies, the book offers a re-evaluation of theoretical frameworks with which lifestyle sports have been understood, and focuses on aspects of their cultural politics that have received little attention, particularly the racialization of lifestyle sporting spaces. Centrally, it re-assess the political potential of lifestyle sports, considering if lifestyle sports cultures present alternative identities and spaces that challenge the dominant ideologies of sport, and the broader politics of identity, in the 21st century.
It explores a range of key contemporary themes in lifestyle sport, including:
identity and the politics of difference
commercialization and globalization
sportscapes, media discourse and lived reality
risk and responsibility
governance and regulation
the racialization of lifestyle sports spaces
lifestyle sports outside of the Global North
the use of lifestyle sport to engage non-privileged youth
Casting new light on the significance of sport and sporting subcultures within contemporary society, this book is essential reading for students or researcher working in the sociology of sport, leisure studies or cultural studies.
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).
Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Understanding lifestyle sport revisited Chapter 3. Mapping the lifestyle sportscape Chapter 4. Lifestyle Sport, identity and the politics of difference Chapter 5. Risk-taking and regulation: Examining the sportization of Parkour Chapter 6. Globalisation, identity and race: lifestyle sport in post- apartheid South Africa Chapter 7. The California beach, whiteness, and the exclusion of Black bodies Chapter 8. Surfing, identity and race: belonging and exclusion Chapter 9. Challenging exclusion: The Black Surfing Association Chapter 10. Coda