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Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments

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ISBN 9781032125411
November 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

            Tom Critchley 

2          Post-Colonial Residue in Sport-for-Development Partnerships: Localised Insights from Cameroon

            Joanne Clarke 

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’

            Georgia Munro-Cook 

7          Sport Governance in Times of Crisis: The Case of Montenegro and COVID-19

            Marko Begović 

Part III: The End of Nature 

8          Mountain Biking in the (Neg)Anthropocene: Encountering, Witnessing, and Reorienting to the End of the ‘Natural’ World

            Jim Cherrington 

9          An Urban Explorer’s Experiences of Meshwork, Melding and the Uncanny: Invisible Cities of the Rubble

            Kevin Bingham 

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

            Kass Gibson 

12        Participant-Centred Skateboarding in the West Bank, Occupied Palestine: An Analysis of the Work of SkatePal

            Dani Abulhawa 

13        The Uses of Sport for Former Child Soldiers:  The Faces, Forces, and Barriers Behind Social Inclusion

            Dean M. Ravizza

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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.