• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

‘A refreshingly critical contribution to the major debates in sports studies, this volume will nicely complement the conventional texts. The entries are well structured, introducing and explaining the arguments, and then applying them to current sports policies and controversies. I admire the material and will recommend it to my students’ — Professor Dave Harris, University College Plymouth, Marjon

Written by experienced academics use to teaching the subject, this book will help students and researchers find their way within the diverse field of sport studies. Clear, well researched entries explain the key concepts in the debates surrounding the social significance and social dynamics of sport. Each entry provides:

  • Clear Definitions
  • Relevant Examples
  • Up-to-date Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Informative Cross-Referencing

Valuable in its parts and indispensable as a whole, this book will provide ...

Extreme Sport
Extreme sport

(alternatively known as lifestyle sport, new sport, whiz sport)

There is now a body of academic literature examining the ‘phenomena’ of what have been variously termed ‘extreme’, ‘alternative’, ‘lifestyle’, ‘whiz’, ‘panic’, ‘action’ and ‘new’ sports. These labels encompass a wide range of participatory and made-for-television sporting activities, including residual cultural forms such as surfing and emergent activities such as kite-surfing and BMX biking. While these labels are used synonymously by some commentators, there are differences which signal distinct emphases or expressions of the activities (see Rinehart, 2000). For example, alternative sport includes activities such as residual folk games, that are neither extreme (see Rinehart, 1998, 2000) nor can they be considered lifestyle sports. The term ‘extreme sport’ has been enthusiastically adopted by the ...

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