Surfing and Social Theory

Experience, Embodiment and Narrative of the Dream Glide

Author: Nick Ford,David Brown

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415334334

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

View: 5856

Surfing has emerged from ancient roots to become a twenty-first century phenomenon – an 'alternative' sport, lifestyle and art form with a global profile and ever-increasing numbers of participants. Drawing on popular surf culture, academic literature and the analytical tools of social theory, this book is the first sustained commentary on the contemporary social and cultural meaning of surfing. Core themes of mind and body, emotions and identity, aesthetics, style, and sensory experience are explored through a variety of topics, and particular attention is paid to: * evolving perceptions of the sea and the beach * the globalization of surfing * surfing as a subculture and lifestyle * the embodiment and gendering of surfing. Surfing and Social Theory is an original and theoretically rigorous text that sets the agenda for future work in this area. Along with the Surf Science courses now appearing in universities around the world, this text provides students and researchers in sport, sociology, culture and geography with a new perspective and a thought-provoking text.


A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport

Author: Ben R. Finney,James D. Houston

Publisher: Pomegranate

ISBN: 0876545940

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 117

View: 5747

Surfing traces the history of the sport from its beginnings in ancient Hawaii through the mid 1960s. This revised edition of the 1966 classic features extensive illustrations, a new introduction, and articles by Mark Twain and Jack London recounting their observations on surfing. The book also explores the development of the surfboard and follows surfing's timeline from the earliest legends to the accomplishments of modern surfing heroes.

Theology and California

Theological Refractions on California’s Culture

Author: Professor Fred Sanders,Dr Jason S Sexton

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472409493

Category: Religion

Page: 278

View: 4814

Californians Sanders and Sexton assemble leading voices and specialists both from within and without California for engagement with California’s influential culture. Leading theologians and cultural critics are included alongside leading specialists in film studies and cultural critique, theological anthropology, missiology, sociology and history. Exploring California as a theological place, this book renders critical engagement with significant Californian religious and theological phenomena and the inherent theological impulses within major Californian cultural icons.

World Sports: A Reference Handbook

A Reference Handbook

Author: Maylon Hanold

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598847791

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 8952

This book covers a wide range of issues and controversies within the world of sports—including drug use, economics, ethics, ethnicity, gender, globalization, politics, race, sexuality, and technology—from both a U.S. and global perspective. • A chronology of important events or innovations in sports • A list of important sports organizations with descriptions of each • A glossary of relevant terms such as "blood doping"

The Social Body

Habit, Identity and Desire

Author: Nick Crossley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761966401

Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 2238

This book explores both the embodied nature of social life and the social nature of human bodily life. It provides an accessible review of the contemporary social science debates on the body, and develops a coherent new perspective. Nick Crossley critically reviews the literature on mind and body, and also on the body and society. He draws on theoretical insights from the work of Gilbert Ryle, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, George Herbert Mead and Pierre Bourdieu, and shows how the work of these writers overlaps in interesting and important ways which, when combined, provide the basis for a persuasive and robust account of human embodiment. The Social Body provides a timely review of the theoretical approach

Mythen und Imaginationen des Wellenreitens - Zur Kultursoziologie einer Szenesportart

Author: Florian Zibell

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640490614


Page: 96

View: 863

Examensarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Sport - Sportsoziologie, Note: 2.0, Carl von Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit beschaftigt sich auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen mit Fragen nach den Kernthemen der Wellenreiterszene, die sich in den Mythen und Imaginationen der Szene aussern. In der anfanglichen Einengung auf das Szenekonzept sind Fragen nach der Konstitution von Szenen sowie der speziellen Kultur von Szenen angelegt, die ich in Form einer datengestutzten Analyse und Konstruktion der (Kern-)Themenbereiche versuche zu beantworten. Fragen nach historischer Werdung, Hintergrunden und moglicher Anbindung der Themen an bestehende Untersuchungen und theoretische Konzepte wird nachgegangen. Ziel ist es dabei, anhand unterschiedlicher Materialien die geteilten mythenhaften Erzahlungen, Vorstellungen und mogliche Wissensbestande der Szene darzustellen und tiefer gehend zu beleuchten. In einem weiteren Punkt soll in verkurzter Form ausgesuchten Fragen nach der tieferen Verbindung der Praktiken und Imaginationen, sowie den Mythen des Wellenreitens nachgegangen werden. Wissenschaftliche Betrachtungen zum Wellenreiten sind kaum vorhanden, die wenigen Abhandlungen, die ich hier benutze, stammen fast ausschliesslich aus dem englischsprachigen Raum. Sie behandeln, abgesehen von dem hervorragenden Werk von Nick Ford und David Brown1, meist kleine Teilbereiche des weiten Feldes des Surfens. Ich mochte unter anderem im Ruckgriff auf die theoretischen Grundlagen des Szenekonzeptes von Hitzler, Bucher und Niederbacher versuchen, ein vertieftes Verstandnis dreier ausgewahlter Kernbereiche der Surfszene, noch genauer formuliert der Kultur dieser Szene, zu ermoglichen und somit einen weiteren, bisher wenig beachteten Teilbereich zu beleuchten. Neben dem Nachweis der besonderen Stellung und der herausragenden Bedeutung dieser Themen soll es also darum gehen, einige der Grunde anzufuhren, die zu dem vertieften Interesse und den resul

Nature and Social Theory

Author: Adrian Franklin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761963783

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

View: 7125

This book asks the questions can `Man' be separated from `Nature'? Is it valid to seek to `control' Nature? It argues that the firm modern boundaries between nature and culture have been breached and pulls together new strands of thinking about nature which suggest that humanity and nature have never been separate. The argument is developed through a critical discussion of the Romantic ideal of pure nature, unsullied by humanity and largely confined to fragile margins in need of protection and more recent discourses which identify nature with environment, and cast man in the role of a polluter and destroyer.

Sustainable Surfing

Author: Gregory Borne,Jess Ponting

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 131739657X

Category: Science

Page: 262

View: 9558

Whilst being an ambiguous and contested concept, sustainability has become one of the twenty-first century’s most pervasive ideas, as humanity’s increasing impact on the environment, as well as increasing social and economic inequalities, have local and global consequences. Surfing is a globally recognised cultural phenomenon whose unique connection with nature and rapid expansion into a multibillion pound industry offers exciting synergies for exploring various dimensions of sustainability. This book is the first to bring together the world’s foremost experts on the themes of sustainability and surfing. Drawing upon cutting edge theory and research, this book offers multidisciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches on the social, environmental and economic components of sustainable surfing. Contributions provide unique discussions that bridge the gap between theory and practice, exploring topics such as sustainable surf tourism, surf-econometrics, surf activism, surfing governance, the surfing industry, and technological advancements. Each chapter produces in-depth insights to provide foundational insights of the relationship between sustainability and surfing. This book will appeal to multiple audiences in different disciplines and sectors. Practitioners will benefit from the insights presented in this volume, while both undergraduate and postgraduate students will find this volume an invaluable companion, including those working in geography, environmental studies, sport sciences, and leisure and tourism studies.

Bourdieu’s Field Theory and the Social Sciences

Author: James Albright,Deborah Hartman,Jacqueline Widin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811053855

Category: Social Science

Page: 299

View: 8806

Highlighting the conceptual work at the heart of Pierre Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology, this cutting edge collection operationalizes Bourdieusian concepts in field analysis. Offering a unique range of explorations and reflections utilizing field analysis, the eighteen chapters by prominent Bourdieusian scholars and early career scholars synthesize key insights and challenges scholars face when going ‘beyond the fields we know’. The chapters offer examples from discipline contexts as diverse as cultural studies, poetry, welfare systems, water management, education, journalism and surfing and provide demonstrations of theorizing within practical examples of field analysis. One of the foremost social philosophers and sociologists of the twentieth century, Bourdieu is widely known in cultural studies and education and his approaches are increasingly being taken up in health, social work, anthropology, family studies, journalism, communication studies and other disciplines where an analysis of the interplay between individuals and social structures is relevant. With its unique interdisciplinary focus, this book provides a useful guide to doing field analysis and working with Bourdieusian methods research, as well as key reading for methodology courses at post-graduate level.

The Body in Society

An Introduction

Author: Alexandra Howson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745625386

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 2238

This book is a lively and highly accessible introduction to the sociology of the body. It examines what certain aspects of our bodies, such as the size, shape, smell and demeanor, reveal about the social organization of everyday life and how the body is crucial to the way we engage with the world and the people around us. * Accessible introduction to the complex topic of the sociology of the body. * Examines what certain aspects of our bodies, such as the size, shape, smell and demeanor, reveal about the social organization of everyday life. * Introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks which help us to understand the social significance of the human body. * Uses examples with which readers will have familiarity, such as eating and sleeping.


Author: Toby Miller

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566399944

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

View: 7351

Sportsex examines the landscape of sports writ globally. And it is about the way sport allows men and women—but mostly men—to consider their looks, their vitality, and their relationship to their gender in ways that would be considered taboo in any other context.Miller pays particular attention to the way celebrity is considered around the world through a number of different athletic activities. Along the way he also offers his own personal connection to sport as both a researcher and recipient of its abuses and pleasures.In a world where everything is considered in its relationship to globalization, sport is one of the few arenas of social life that can be concretely seen in international terms. Sportsex opens that world up in a way that is accessible and significant for anyone interested in the shape of our emerging world culture.

Illuminating Social Life

Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited

Author: Peter Kivisto

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412978157

Category: Social Science

Page: 441

View: 869

Illuminating Social Life has enjoyed increasing popularity with each edition. It is the only book designed for undergraduate teaching that shows today's students how classical and contemporary social theories can be used to shed new light on such topics as the internet, the world of work, fast food restaurants, shopping malls, alcohol use, body building, sales and service, and new religious movements.A perfect complement for the sociological theory course, it offers 13 original essays by leading scholars in the field who are also experienced undergraduate theory teachers. Substantial introductions by the editor link the applied essays to a complete review of the classical and modern social theories used in the book.

On the edge

leisure, consumption and the representation of adventure sports

Author: Joan Ormrod,Belinda Wheaton,Leisure Studies Association (Great Britain)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

View: 4169


Religion, Realism and Social Theory

Making Sense of Society

Author: Philip A Mellor

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761948650

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 4130

This book challenges those contemporary sociologists who argue that the notion of 'society' is an outmoded basis for sociological analysis and instead revitalizes the idea that sociology is truly 'the study of society'. Mellor returns the human and religious aspects of social life to the centre of social theory.

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality

Author: Jennifer Hargreaves,Eric Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136326952

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

View: 4527

The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signalling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport. It examines structural and cultural forms of gender segregation, homophobia, heteronormativity and transphobia, as well as the ideological struggles and changes that have led to nuanced ways of thinking about the sport, gender and sexuality nexus. This is a landmark work of reference that will be a key resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, gender studies, sexuality studies or sociology.

Surfs Up

Collecting the Longboard Era

Author: Mark Blackburn

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764313554

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 4645

This is the first book to combine a detailed history of surfing, a grading guide for surfboards, and collectible surfing items with an accurate price guide. It gives a complete overview of sport surfing from its ancient beginnings in Polynesia and Hawaii until 1969, the end of the longboard era. The great icons of the sport all put in appearances making this the book all surf fans will covet.

Surfing with Sartre

An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning

Author: Aaron James

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385540744

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 9935

From the bestselling author of Assholes: A Theory, a book that—in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft, Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy. The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once declared "the ideal limit of aquatic sports . . . is waterskiing." The avid surfer and lavishly credentialed academic philosopher Aaron James vigorously disagrees, and in Surfing with Sartre he intends to expound the thinking surfer's view of the matter, in the process elucidating such philosophical categories as freedom, being, phenomenology, morality, epistemology, and even the emerging values of what he terms "leisure capitalism." In developing his unique surfer-philosophical worldview, he draws from his own experience of surfing and from surf culture and lingo, and includes many relevant details from the lives of the philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, with whose thought he engages. In the process, he'll speak to readers in search of personal and social meaning in our current anxious moment, by way of doing real, authentic philosophy.

Arschlöcher - eine Theorie

Author: Aaron James

Publisher: Riemann Verlag

ISBN: 3641101948

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 3838

Jeder kennt eines Man begegnet ihnen überall: im Job, in der Schule, im Freundeskreis, in der Politik, in Geschichtsbüchern, im Fernsehen oder im Straßenverkehr. Mitunter sogar in der Familie. Man könnte sie auch als Mistkerle, Tyrannen, Wichtigtuer, Intriganten oder Egomanen beschimpfen. Arschlöcher sind eine Zumutung. Doch was genau macht ein Arschloch aus? Warum sind es oft Männer? Weshalb bringen manche Länder mehr Arschlöcher hervor als andere? Ist der Kapitalismus schuld? Oder ist es eine Frage des Charakters? Und können wir uns überhaupt wohl fühlen in einer Gesellschaft, wo Arschlöcher sprießen wie Unkraut? Aaron James beschäftigen diese und weitere Fragen. Seine Theorie ist so intelligent wie unterhaltsam und enthält darüber hinaus eine nützliche Gebrauchsanleitung für den Umgang mit A*.

Surfing Life

Surface, Substructure and the Commodification of the Sublime

Author: Mark Stranger

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754674436

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 7212

Surfing Life is a study of surfing and social change that also provides insights into other experience-based contemporary subcultures and the nature of the self and social formations in contemporary society. Making use of extensive empirical material to support innovative theoretical approaches to social change, this book offers an analysis of the relationship between embodied experience, culture and the economy.