Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments
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This book considers the ability of individuals and communities to maintain healthy relationships with their surroundings – before, during and after catastrophic events – through physical activity and sporting practices.
Broad and ambitious in scope, the book uses sport and physical activity as a lens through which to examine our catastrophic societies and spaces. Acknowledging that catastrophes are complex, overlapping phenomena in need of sophisticated, interdisciplinary solutions, the book explores the social, economic, ecological and moral injustices that determine the personal and emotional impact of catastrophe. By presenting international case studies such as DIY skateparks in Kingston, Jamaica and with former child soldiers in Africa; through examining the risks of cultural and environmental degradation inherent in extractive industries-funded sport, recreation, and cultural activities in northern Canada, and with a structure that critically considers various manifestations of ‘the end’ (‘The End of Capitalism’; ‘The End of the Social’; ‘The End of Nature’; ‘The End of Morality’), the book uniquely explores the different landscapes and contexts of catastrophe as well as the affective qualities of sporting practices. Featuring the work of ex-professional athletes, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, political ecologists, community development workers, and philosophers, across activities such as skateboarding, walking, mountain biking, basketball and urban exploration, the book offers new perspectives on themes including capitalism, nature, sociality, morality and identity.
This is fascinating reading for academics and practitioners in the areas of sociology, disaster studies, sport-for-development, and political ecology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments – Tuning to the ‘Weird’ and the ‘Eerie’
Jim Cherrington and Jack Black
Part I: The End of Capitalism
1 Skateboarding in Jamaica: Commoning a Postcapitalist Future
2 Post-Colonial Residue in Sport-for-Development Partnerships: Localised Insights from Cameroon
3 The Extractives Industry, Indigenous Communities, and the Use of Sport, Recreational, and Cultural Programs in Catastrophic Environments
Audrey Giles, Kevin Gardam, Rob Millington, Steven Rynne and Lyndsay Hayhurst
Part II: The End of the Social
4 An Examination of Physical Activity Norms and Code Making During a Global Pandemic: Watchful Indifference and Managing the Bubble
Holly Collison-Randall and Stanley Windsor
5 Physical Activity and Community Resilience
Dan Bates and Janine Partington
6 Women’s Basketball and Political Activism in the Time of COVID-19: Inside the ‘Wubble’
7 Sport Governance in Times of Crisis: The Case of Montenegro and COVID-19
Part III: The End of Nature
8 Mountain Biking in the (Neg)Anthropocene: Encountering, Witnessing, and Reorienting to the End of the ‘Natural’ World
9 An Urban Explorer’s Experiences of Meshwork, Melding and the Uncanny: Invisible Cities of the Rubble
10 Climate Change, Catastrophe and Hope in Football Fandom: Football as an Island of Hope in a Warming Sea of Despair
Jennifer Amann and Mark Doidge
Part IV: The End of Morality
11 Informational Hazards and Moral Harm: Sport and Exercise Science Laboratories as Sites of Moral Catastrophes
12 Participant-Centred Skateboarding in the West Bank, Occupied Palestine: An Analysis of the Work of SkatePal
13 The Uses of Sport for Former Child Soldiers: The Faces, Forces, and Barriers Behind Social Inclusion
Dean M. Ravizza
Jim Cherrington is Senior Lecturer in physical activity, sport and health at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His research explores how identity, bodies, knowledges, and objects are materialised in/through everyday life, with much of his recent work dedicated to investigating the socio-historical, socio-technical and onto-political conditions of ‘nature’ (sport). He is also interested in methodological innovation, both in his work on visual methodologies and creative forms of representation, and is committed to finding novel ways of documenting a range of human-nonhuman relationships.
Jack Black is Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and affiliated with the Centre for Culture, Media, and Society, where he is Research Lead for the ‘Anti-Racism Research Group’. An interdisciplinary researcher, working within psychoanalysis and the humanities, Jack has published widely on the topic of political ecology, where his research has examined the ontological importance of time, temporality, and catastrophe in approaches to nature and the environment.