Women in Action Sport Cultures

Identity, Politics and Experience

  • Holly Thorpe
  • Rebecca Olive

Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive
    Pages 1-20
  3. Researching Gender in Action Sport Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive, Becky Beal, Douglas Booth, Jason Laurendeau, Catherine Palmer et al.
      Pages 23-44
    3. Rebecca Olive, Holly Thorpe, Georgina Roy, Mihi Nemani, lisahunter, Belinda Wheaton et al.
      Pages 45-68
  4. Gender Relations and Negotiations

  5. Female Action Sport Identities and Lived Experiences

  6. Action Sports in Transition: Consumption, Technology, Risk and Desire

  7. Media, Politics and Pedagogies

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 377-387

About this book


Young, white men have dominated action sports for many years, yet women have refused to accept positions on the margins of these unique sporting cultures. Developing in a different context to many traditional sports, girls and women have adopted highly proactive approaches and developed unique strategies to negotiate space alongside their male peers in the waves, skate parks and cityscapes, on mountains and climbing walls, along trails, as well as around rinks.

This international collection features contributions from a group of leading and emerging researchers, many of whom are passionate action sport participants themselves. With authors representing a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives including cultural studies, sociology, performance studies, media studies, sport for development, and education, this book offers the first collective focus on women in action sports cultures in the past, present and into the future. Ultimately, the book offers a vivid and powerful illustration of the new and ongoing struggles facing women in contemporary sporting cultures, as well as the various strands of activism, agency and politics being performed in the surf, on the slopes, and at the crag.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of sociology of sport and physical culture, gender studies, youth cultures, sport history, and pedagogy and education.


feminism gender sexism media ethnography rock climbing Roller Derby parkour Snowboarding mothers Surfing politics ultimate frisbee neoliberalism girls culture identity women

Editors and affiliations

  • Holly Thorpe
    • 1
  • Rebecca Olive
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WaikatoNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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