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Traceable as far back as the work of the path-breaking 'Chicago School' of Sociology in the 1920s and 1930s, 'subculture' and 'counterculture' have long been conceptual staples of the discipline. Implemented originally to designate and describe smaller, often deviant or delinquent, groups within larger social communities, the terms gained pace in their use in mid-twentieth century criminological research, and especially with the development of Cultural Studies in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where they became widely used to describe processes of social class-based opposition, resistance and protest. More recently, sociologists have moved beyond a strict conformity-resistance model in accounting for the behaviour of sub-communities that coalesce around particular values, behaviours, or preferences. Indeed, contemporary sociological research has raised the possibility that the term 'subculture' in particular may have entirely outgrown its usefulness. While the term 'counterculture' has also languished, there is no doubt that the sorts of social groups to which these terms have historically referred are more extensive and colourful than ever. Certainly this is the case in sport. Put simply, all societies are replete with their own versions of 'Tribal Play' which encompass and represent wider social patterns, processes, and struggles.

This volume is a collection of 16 readings on aspects of sub-community life in sport that showcases the breadth and depth of sport subcultural research by a group of international scholars representing varied theoretical and methodological orientations. Some of the sport communities examined include soccer hooligans, endurance athletes, disabledathletes, environmentally conscious surfers, and X-Games participants. This fourth volume in the Research in the Sociology of Sport series is edited by two sociologists whose academic training, research and teaching span three of the subdisciplines in which the concepts of 'subculture' and 'counterculture' have been most avidly used and critically tested (Criminology/Youth/Sport), and whose 'subcultural' ventures both in sport and as sociologists are extensive. Michael Atkinson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK, and Kevin Young is Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762312931
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/12/2008
  • Series: Research in the Sociology of Sport Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction A Subcultural History Kevin Young Young, Kevin Michael Atkinson Atkinson, Michael 1

Pt. I Subcultures in Late Modernity

Ch. 1 'They Think It's All Over': Sport and the End of Subculture Debate John Hughson Hughson, John 49

Ch. 2 Firms, Crews and Soccer Thugs: The Slight Return of Football Hooligan Subcultures Steve Redhead Redhead, Steve 67

Ch. 3 Risk-Taking in Sport: Edgework and Reflexive Community Stephen Lyng Lyng, Stephen 83

Pt. II Subcultural Resistance and Social Activism

Ch. 4 From the Pavement to the Beach: Politics and Identity in 'Surfers Against Sewage' Belinda Wheaton Wheaton, Belinda 113

Ch. 5 Believe the Hype? The Impact of the Internet on Sport-Related Subcultures Brian Wilson Wilson, Brian 135

Ch. 6 'Ambassadors of the Last Wilderness'? Surfers, Environmental Ethics, and Activism in America Leslie Heywood Heywood, Leslie Mark Montgomery Montgomery, Mark 153

Pt. III Subcultural Co-Option and Negotiation

Ch. 7 ESPN'S X Games: Contests of Opposition, Resistance, Co-Option, and Negotiation Robert E. Rinehart Rinehart, Robert E. 175

Ch. 8 Alternative and Mainstream: Revisiting the Sociological Analysis of Skateboarding Michele K. Donnelly Donnelly, Michele K. 197

Pt. IV Subcultures, Genders and Sexualities

Ch. 9 Female Incursions Into Cricket's 'Male Preserve' Dominic Malcolm Malcolm, Dominic Philippa Velija Velija, Philippa 217

Ch. 10 Beware*#! SK8 at Your Own Risk: The Discourses of Young Female Skateboarders Alana Young Young, Alana Christine Dallaire Dallaire, Christine 235

Ch. 11 'Sport', Masculinity and Consumption: Metrosexuality, 'Chav' Culture and Social Class Andrew Parker Parker, AndrewSamantha A. Lyle Lyle, Samantha A. 255

Pt. V Subcultural Bodies and the Politics of Health

Ch. 12 The Social Construction of 'steroid Subcultures' Rob Beamish Beamish, Rob 273

Ch. 13 Enduring Bodies in Triathlon Michael Atkinson Atkinson, Michael 295

Ch. 14 Paralympic Newsrooms: On Creating a Mediated Subculture P. David Howe Howe, P. David 319

Pt. VI Subcultural Research: Reflections from the Field

Ch. 15 Johnny Rodz and the Jade Ring: Larry and Ted's Excellent Adventure In Pro Wrestling Ted M. Butryn Butryn, Ted M. Larry deGaris deGaris, Larry 337

Ch. 16 Ethical Ethnography: Epistemology and the Ethics of Good Intentions Robert R. Sands Sands, Robert R. 353

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