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Sp5453: A Critical Exploration of Lifestyle Sports
Transcript of Sp5453: A Critical Exploration of Lifestyle Sports
How do we define a lifestyle/extreme sport?
How do lifestyle/extreme sports differ from mainstream sports?
How can sociological theory help us to understand lifestyle and extreme sports participation?
A critical look at parallels between mainstream sports and lifestyle sports.
ALTERNATIVE – practiced in different ways to conventional sports and incorporating descriptions such as ‘new’, ‘post modern’ and ‘post industrial’.
LIFESTYLE – meanings related to personal factors beyond success in competition, although not denying competition can be an element of the practice of lifestyle sports.
EXTREME – a label given to some aspects of practice associated with risk-taking, also associated with branding and commodifying some aspects of practice.
With the people around you, list the common characteristics of traditional and lifestyle sports.
Contemporary (Lifestyle Sports)
Grassroots Lifestyle Sports
60% of learning surfers are female.
(Wheaton, 2004; Nayak, 2003)
How do they reinforce gender inequality?
Lets do some data analysis...
Are any of these similar or different?
Working with the person next to you...
Why they play these sports / activities?
What sports / activity they play?
Has this participation changed over their lifetime?
If yes, why?
Counter Culture Movement
Resistance to Traditional Sports
Styles and Fashion
Commentaries in Lifestyle Sports.....
Are there any issues you know of o have experienced?
Construction of race, gender, sexuality
What differences do you notice?
Fundamental Shift in Meaning
Take some notes on the key themes emerging from the youtube...
A subculture is a culture that is shared and actively participated in by a group of people within a broader culture.
A need to resist Hegemonic Culture
Non - Conformist
4 features of a subculture
Consistent distinctiveness over time
A shared sense of identity
Commitment - Substantial part of life
Autonomy - Activity Choice
n.b. Features of Sub Cultures