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Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures


Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Series book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Transnational Mobilities and Action Sport Cultures: Conceptual, Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

  3. Transnational Action Sport Cultural Networks

  4. Action Sport Migration and Transnational Mobilities

  5. Action Sport (Im)mobilities in Disrupted and Conflicted Spaces

  6. Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 280-332

About this book


This book contributes to recent debates in transnationalism, mobilities and migration studies by offering the first in-depth sociological examination of the global phenomenon of action sports and the transnational networks and connections being established within and across local contexts around the world.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

About the authors

Holly Thorpe is Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has published widely on the topics of sociology of sport, social theory, physical youth culture, gender, and action sports.

Bibliographic information


"Holly Thorpe has produced an outstanding sociological study of action sports within the global context. I particularly enjoyed the book's highly insightful, creative and critical engagement with contemporary theories of transnationalism and mobility to understand the cultural politics and contemporary practices of action sports. This analysis draws on very rich data that has been derived from many years of fieldwork and interviews across the world. The book will be essential reading for all academics, students and wider readers who are interested in sport, migration, transnationalism, and the social and cultural aspects of globalization." - Richard Giulianotti, Loughborough University, UK

'This is an all-action account of the geography and sociology of action sports. It is a really interesting and entertaining read - strongly recommended.' - John Urry, Lancaster Universit, UK

'An invaluable interdisciplinary contribution to the understanding of both action sport cultures and, more generally, the network of flows and mobilities that constitute the transnational condition. Transnational Mobilities is a complex and comprehensive discussion, characterized by a compelling synthesis of theoretical depth and empirical insight.' - David Andrews, University of Maryland, US