Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures by H. Thorpe

By H. Thorpe

This e-book contributes to contemporary debates in transnationalism, mobilities and migration reviews by way of delivering the 1st in-depth sociological exam of the worldwide phenomenon of motion activities and the transnational networks and connections being proven inside and throughout neighborhood contexts around the globe.

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While highly distracting from my critical observations, such experiences were also important parts of my sensual research and provided embodied understandings of these sporting and entertainment spectacles. However, listening to the various audio recordings and viewing my photos and videos taken upon returning from the event was invaluable for evoking my multidimensional memories of these socially, physically and sensually loaded phases of fieldwork, which I was then able to critically analyse in relation to the literature and key theoretical concepts at a later date.

64). By 1995 it employed 250 workers and was worth well over US$100 million. The potential for growth in overseas markets was considerable during this period and Burton Snowboards started distribution to Europe in 1985, to New Zealand the following year and to Japan in 1994. Due to the success of sales in these regions, Burton established offices in Innsbruck (Austria) in 1986 and Tokyo (Japan) in 1995. Brad Steward, an employee at Sims Snowboards, recalls that everyone thought Burton was ‘nuts for going to Europe’ (cited in Bailey, 1998, para.

Part II then draws more strongly from the mobilities turn to examine how a high degree of human mobility in action sports is further influencing this transnational imaginary, and how participants’ transnational experiences are contributing to ‘new subjectivities in the global arena’ (Nonini & Ong, 1997). Focusing on the mobilities of various groups, including tourists, athletes and migrants, the three chapters in Part II aim to reveal fresh insights into the lived transnationalism and global migration of contemporary youth facilitated by the global action sport economic and social networks discussed in Part I.

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