9780762312931

Tribal Play

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  • ISBN13:

    9780762312931

  • ISBN10:

    0762312939

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-12
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology

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Summary

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, disabled athletes, 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 Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of London, Ontario, and Kevin Young is Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kevin Young and Michael Atkinson
Subcultural Ethnographies: A View From The Field
Getting In and Maintaining Access
Deviance, Morality, Disclosure, and Ethics
Subcultural Intersections: Style, Music And Argot
The Language of Football Hooligans(Steve Redhead) 2.Sport Subcultures
Resistance And Incorporation: Paradoxes In The Plight To Oppose
Alternative or Mainstream Subcultures
X-Games: From Opposition to Co-option
Gender And Sexuality In Sport Subcultures
Female Cricketers and Male Preserves
New Men and Chav Culture
Risk Subcultures
Edgework
SK8rs and Technologies of Risk
Subcultures, Bodies, Health
Steroids, Health and Contradictions
Enduring Bodies in Triathlon
Mediated Subcultures
Images of Disabled Athletes/Paralympians
Anti-Jocks On-Line
Social Movements On Land And Water: The Greening Of Subcultures
Surfers Against Sewage
Environmentalism and Eco-Subcultures
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