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Lifestyle Sports and Identities
Subcultural Careers Through the Life Course

ISBN 9780367355999
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
320 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines how different stages of adult life affect participation in lifestyle sports and in the construction of identity. Drawing on multi-disciplinary perspectives, it explores how gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and location, in conjunction with age and stage in career, affect lifestyle sport practices and meanings.

Tracing engagement with lifestyle sport across the lifecourse, from young adult to older age, the book examines the concepts of authenticity and identity in subcultural and alternative sports, exploring how individuals develop lifestyle sport identities, maintain authentic identities, and how they manage those identities as older adults. It presents a range of fascinating, cutting-edge case studies from around the world, covering sports as diverse as climbing, surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding and roller derby, and considers key contemporary issues such as professionalisation, sports labor, and digital technology. It also highlights political tensions and shifts that shape the identities of lifestyle sport communities.

This is essential reading for anybody with a serious interest in alternative or lifestyle sports, the relationships between sport and wider society, or the development of subcultures and cultural identity.

Table of Contents

Tyler Dupont and Becky Beal

Part 1: Entering a Career and Forging a Place in the Activity During Midlife

1 Becoming a Mountain Biker
Karen McCormack

2 The Construction of Place Identity via "Shua jie" in Public Spaces of Guangzhou, China
Minhui Lin

3 The Objectification of Self in Material Culture: Identity Anchors in Jeep Culture
Michael S. Rosenbaum

4 Gender and Climbing Style: "Dynos" and "Heel Hooks" in the Gym
Jennifer Wigglesworth

5 Maneuvering Microaggressions and Contesting Cultural Beliefs: An Intersectional Examination of Mexican American Surfers Experiences in Southern California Surf Culture
Cassie Comley

6 Constructing Queer-Skater Identities: Failure and Futurity
Bethany Geckle and Sally Shaw

Part 2: Maintaining a Career During Midlife

7 Identity and Wellbeing in Older Skateboarders
Paul O’Connor

8 The Working Lives of Professional Rock Climbers: An Ethnographic Exploration of Multilayered Labor
Guillaume Dumont

9 Big Wave Surfing: Fun, Group Cohesion, and Group Identity
Ugo Corte

10 BMX in China: Subculture Identity, Family, Career
Yiyin Ding

11 BMX Freestyle Cycling and Identity
Wade Nelson

Part 3: Negotiating Careers as Older Adults 

12 Ageing and Nature-based Sport: Sensing, Experiencing and Becoming
Barbara Humberstone

13 Seniors, Lifestyle, and Hobbyist Sport
Robert A. Stebbins

14 Lifestyle Sport Identity and National Identity: Thoughts on the Chinese Government’s (re)Creation of Dama Image
Ho Hon Leung

15 Gra(c)(t)efully Ageing in Late Capitalist Sport: Coping with the Inevitable in Action Pursuits
Robert E. Rinehart

Part 4: Shifts in the Fields

16 Conventional Culture, Subcultural Institutions and Subcultural Careers as Backdrops to Identity Work in Singapore's Esports Scene
J. Patrick Williams and Victoria Puay Ru Chua

17 Skateboarding in the Iron Cage: An Exploratory Examination of Professional Skate Identities in Street League Skateboarding
Tyler Dupont and L. Dugan Nichols

18 From Spectacle to Sport: Shifting Authenticity within Modern Roller Derby
Amanda Draft

19 Transforming Gender Identity through Breaking
Tonje Fjogstad Langnes

20 Understanding Race in Skateboarding: A Retrospection and Agenda for the Importance of Being Seen
Neftalie Williams

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Tyler Dupont is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Oneonta, USA.

Becky Beal is Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay, USA.