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Negotiating Moral Terrain: Snowboarding Mothers

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Abstract

Motherhood is largely an invisible concept when it comes to action sports, which are most commonly positioned as sports associated with youths. In this chapter we offer an in-depth discussion of motherhood and action sports participation drawing on semi-structured interviews and diary entries with eight snowboarding mums. Foucault’s ideas of ‘governmentality’ and ‘technologies of the self’ are utilised to explore the discursive positions the women draw on to talk about risk. Our analysis reveals that both the social and moral risks of engaging in action sports are exaggerated for mothers, particularly during pregnancy. Despite this, pleasure is frequently derived from deliberately confronting challenges.

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  • Action Sport
  • Dominant Discourse
  • Expectant Mother
  • Intensive Motherhood
  • Gender Discourse

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Spowart, L., Burrows, L. (2016). Negotiating Moral Terrain: Snowboarding Mothers. In: Thorpe, H., Olive, R. (eds) Women in Action Sport Cultures. Global Culture and Sport Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45797-4_8

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