By Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive

Young, white males have ruled motion activities for a few years, but girls have refused to just accept positions at the margins of those exact carrying cultures. constructing in a unique context to many conventional activities, women and girls have followed hugely proactive methods and built specific recommendations to barter area along their male friends within the waves, skate parks and cityscapes, on mountains and hiking partitions, alongside trails, in addition to round rinks.

This overseas assortment gains contributions from a gaggle of prime and rising researchers, lots of whom are passionate motion recreation individuals themselves. With authors representing various theoretical and disciplinary views together with cultural experiences, sociology, functionality reports, media stories, game for improvement, and schooling, this ebook deals the 1st collective specialise in girls in motion activities cultures long ago, current and into the longer term. finally, the booklet bargains a vibrant and robust representation of the recent and ongoing struggles dealing with ladies in modern wearing cultures, in addition to some of the strands of activism, organization and politics being played within the surf, at the slopes, and on the crag.
The publication can be of curiosity to scholars and students within the fields of sociology of recreation and actual tradition, gender experiences, early life cultures, activity historical past, and pedagogy and education.

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E. e. Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand, the USA). They were working mostly independently with very little, if any, other research in action sports to draw upon to inform their analyses and interpretations. In this chapter, we present the responses from the aforementioned scholars to a series of questions (again in alphabetical order) focused less on the key findings from their research and more on their personal journeys into and through researching action sport cultures. In particular, it has been their attention to women’s and gender issues that have been of significance to our own work.

W. Connell’s neo-Marxist work on masculinities was foundational for me. In recent years, I’ve moved towards a more post-structuralist framework. Catherine Palmer: Because my work looked at the discursive production, management and erasure of ‘risk’, and because of my disciplinary background, I was drawn to the work of Mary Douglas on risk subjectivities and risk communities. Bob Rinehart: Many. I don’t research using specific theories in order to ‘test’ theories. I use a more inductive approach.

Various others have made valuable contributions over the years, and their work is drawn upon extensively in the chapters in this book. However, in the reflections of the scholars in this chapter, we hope that other researchers will find the following insights from these academic pioneers helpful (perhaps even inspirational) as they embark on their own journeys in action sport and/or gender studies. 2 Looking Back, Moving Forward? Reflections from Early Action... 25 1. Where did your initial motivation/inspiration/interest in researching action sports come from?

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