Rock climbing is one of today's most popular 'extreme sports.' Although many women are involved, the sport retains a particularly male image and culture. Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport presents the first in-depth study of rock climbing in the UK, analysing what it reveals about the contemporary construction and performance of masculinity through sport. One of the key concerns of the book is the relationship between everyday masculinity and the pursuit of the extraordinary through sport. Drawing on insights from sociology and gender studies, the book challenges traditional approaches to the analysis of sport.
This book provides the ultimate guide to rock climbing in the United States, suitable for climbers and nonclimbers alike, covering the technical and physical aspects of the sport as well as the mental challenges involved. * A chronological history of rock climbing in the United States, covering the places, events, and people * A glossary of key climbing terms * A subject index
This book contributes to the growing literature on men and masculinities, but does so through a methodological lens. It addresses methodological approaches and challenges for feminist and pro-feminist studies of men and masculinities.
Sportklettern – Zwischen (geschlechtlichem) Können, Wollen und Dürfen
Author: Babette Kirchner
Category: Sports & Recreation
Das Buch untersucht, wann Menschen im Sportklettern als kompetent gelten: Welche Fähigkeiten Menschen entwickeln, welche Motivation sie aufweisen und wann und wodurch andere ihnen Anerkennung entgegen bringen. Anhand von Kompetenzmarkern (wie der Route, dem Schwierigkeitsgrad und der Felswand) werden Menschen in Anfänger, Fortgeschrittene und Profis differenziert. Obwohl jeder Mensch (irgendwie) klettern kann, gelten Frauen als fähiger, Männer hingegen als motivierter. Mit steigendem Kompetenzniveau nehmen jedoch die Geschlechterdifferenzierungen ab. So wird mit Blick auf die Kooperationsnotwendigkeit die Bewegungskompetenz relevanter als die Geschlechterdifferenzierung. Im Vergleich zu anderen Kletterdisziplinen entfernen sich die Geschlechterarrangements im Sportklettern zwar nicht grundsätzlich, doch aber zunehmend von traditionellen Vorstellungen.
Danish sport has been associated with Europe and the World; not least through I.P. Muller and Niels Bukh and the Danish Gymnastics revolution with its emphasis on male aesthetics and hygiene in the first half of the twentieth century. At the same time, Denmark has stood apart from Europe in the early moments of its history of sport with the rural revolution of the farming communities as a statement of political independence and assertion. However, during the German occupation of Denmark, Danish sport was part of a European collaboration which characterized a number of the occupied countries not least in the Nordic area. After the Second World War, Denmark embraced international body cultures with other European nations in particular Eastern martial arts. Denmark too, as part of trends in the European region and the world, became caught up in sport as a powerful contemporary political statement. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
This book explores men's ambiguous relationship with intimate caring work within a context where carefree and nurturing expectations for men are competing for influence. For men, to be more involved carers clashes with commonly valued expectations of them as men and this book analyses how men confront this contradictory expectation.
This unique book examines the relationship between wounding and sexuality, bringing together issues around sexuality, gender, power, violence and representations. Drawing on a range of disciplines including cultural and media studies, sociology and psychology, it explores social practices such as S&M, cosmetic surgery and extreme sports.
Social Science by Diane Richardson,Victoria Robinson
This is a substantially revised and refocused third edition of a best-selling and highly regarded textbook. Carefully designed to reflect both classic and new developments in the popular and lively fields of gender and women's studies, its breadth and depth make it suitable for students taking courses for the first time at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Its new design and structure both highlight the connections across different areas of debate and maximize the book's accessibility as an indispensable source book for study.
A new approach which problematizes the category of contemporary adulthood, this book includes chapters on demographic change; becoming thirtysomething; graduates and work; mental health and happiness; new configurations of masculinity; the sexual lifecourse; political beliefs in adulthood; and adulthood and the housing market.
The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in the popularity of activities like skateboarding and snowboarding; sports that have been labelled as 'extreme' or 'lifestyle' and which embody 'alternative' sporting values such as anti-competitiveness, anti-regulation, high risk and personal freedom. The popularity of these activities goes beyond the teenage male youth that the media typify as their main consumers. This book examines the popularity, significance and meaning of lifestyle sport, exploring the sociological significance of these activities, particularly as related to their consumption, and the expression of politics of identity and difference. Including much unique ethnographic research work with skaters, surfers, windsurfers, climbers, adventure racers, and ultimate frisbee players., the central themes explored in The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports include: How might we describe lifestyle sports? What influence do commercial forces have on lifestyle sports? Do lifestyle sports challenge the hegemonic masculinities inherent in a traditional sport environment? This book is a compelling exploration of sport as a way of life, and is a vital resource for any lecturer or student interested in Sociology and Cultural Studies in a Sports context.
A memoir of motorcycles and muscles, of obsession and grief, and of a young man who learned how to stay alive through literature. At just forty-seven years old, William Giraldi's father was killed in a horrific motorcycle crash while racing on a country road. This tragedy, which forever altered the young Giraldi and devastated his family, provides the pulse for The Hero's Body. In the tradition of Andre Dubus III's Townie, this is an investigation into three generations of men from the working-class town of Manville, New Jersey, including Giraldi's own forays into obsessive bodybuilding as a teenager desperate to be worthy of his family's pitiless, exacting codes of manhood. Lauded by The New Yorker for his 'unrelenting, perfectly paced prose,' Giraldi writes here with daring, searing honesty about the fragility and might of the American male. An unflinching memoir of luminous sorrow, a son's tale of a lost father and the ancient family strictures of extreme masculinity, The Hero's Body is a work of lasting beauty by one of our finest writers. 'One of the best memoirs I’ve read in years' - Financial Times 'Must reading, and not just for men' - Richard Russo 'A hearty, bittersweet familial chronicle of masculinity drawing on the underappreciated bond between fathers and sons'- Kirkus Reviews 'The Hero’s Body offers a wise and thoughtful personal narrative as well as an illuminating portrait of a seductive, if hazardous, American subculture...' - Wall Street Journal 'William Giraldi’s memoir . . . offers a brilliant anthropological excursion into a world few of us will ever penetrate . . . To an urban reader used to bookstores and cocktail parties, Giraldi’s Manville, N.J., is as exotic as the Kalahari. . . . Perceptive and eloquent' - Washington Post
In einer Welt, in der Frauen nur hundert Wörter am Tag sprechen dürfen, bricht eine das Gesetz. Das provozierende Überraschungsdebüt aus den USA, über das niemand schweigen wird! Als die neue Regierung anordnet, dass Frauen ab sofort nicht mehr als hundert Worte am Tag sprechen dürfen, will Jean McClellan diese wahnwitzige Nachricht nicht wahrhaben – das kann nicht passieren. Nicht im 21. Jahrhundert. Nicht in Amerika. Nicht ihr. Das ist der Anfang. Schon bald kann Jean ihren Beruf als Wissenschaftlerin nicht länger ausüben. Schon bald wird ihrer Tochter Sonia in der Schule nicht länger Lesen und Schreiben beigebracht. Sie und alle Mädchen und Frauen werden ihres Stimmrechts, ihres Lebensmuts, ihrer Träume beraubt. Aber das ist nicht das Ende. Für Sonia und alle entmündigten Frauen will Jean sich ihre Stimme zurückerkämpfen.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) by Reinhold Messner