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Women in Action Sport Cultures

Identity, Politics and Experience

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  • Contributes the first edited collection that focuses on women and action sports
  • Offers original theoretical, methodological and empirical insights
  • Examines the multiple workings of power within action sport cultures

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

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Researching Gender in Action Sport Cultures

  2. Female Action Sport Identities and Lived Experiences

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

  4. Media, Politics and Pedagogies


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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive

About the editors

Holly Thorpe and Rebecca Olive work in Te Oranga School of Human Development and Movement Studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Both have published widely on topics including sociology of sport, cultural studies, feminist theory and methodologies, youth culture, gender and action sports.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Women in Action Sport Cultures

  • Book Subtitle: Identity, Politics and Experience

  • Editors: Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive

  • Series Title: Global Culture and Sport Series

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-45796-7Published: 21 November 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-68858-6Published: 15 April 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-45797-4Published: 09 November 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2662-3404

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-3412

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 387

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sociology of Sport and Leisure, Gender Studies, Social Structure, Social Inequality

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