Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport

Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport

Male Identity and Rock Climbing
Victoria Robinson

Hardback and Paper Back (£19.99)
Sep 2008
ISBN:9781845201364 /9781845201371

"Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport combines a deep understanding of the meaning of climbing for those who participate in the sport with a critical insight derived from recent debates dealing with men and masculinities. This is a book than can be read with profit by both those who know little about the sport and those who are enthusiastic participants.
David Morgan, Keele University

Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport by Victoria Robinson
© Berg Publishing
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.

About the author

Victoria Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. She has held posts at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle. Her other books include Mundane Heterosexualities: From Theory to Practices, with J. Hockey and A. Meah, (Palgrave, 2007) and she has co-edited, with D. Richardson the third edition of the best selling text book Introducing Gender and Women's Studies, (Palgrave, 2008).


Chapter 1: Theorising (Extreme) Sporting Masculinities
Chapter 2: Problematising Extreme Sports
Chapter 3: Men's Sporting Identities
Chapter 4 'Belay Bunnies': Sport, Gender Relations and Masculinities
Chapter 5: Sporting Inner Lives: Emotions, Intimacies and Friendship
Chapter 6: The Sporting Balance: Family, Work and the Life Course
Chapter 7: Extreme Sporting Bodies
Chapter 8: Taking Risks


For more information visit www.bergpublishers.com

6 Oct, 2008
Hmmmm.... as a (semi-lapsed) sociologist I want to read this now. I'm interested how someone who has obviously done a lot of research with climbers (and is perhaps a climber them self?) would still talk about "extreme" sports. I'm now worried that my grasp of climber's self told narrative in modern Britain is slipping. I thought that most "real climbers" (i.e. those with the power to create the hegemonic meta-narrative of what real climbers are) just put on their withering sneer when anyone called climbing an "extreme sport"?
6 Oct, 2008
why write a book for men about men doin manly stuff. men dont read were to busy doing manly things like fighting grizzly bears. where can i get a copy sounds gd and the winters setting in
6 Oct, 2008
This is a book than can be read with profit by both those who know little about the sport and those who are enthusiastic participants. Unless you are perverse enough to be a female who climbs it would seem.
7 Oct, 2008
I think the book can be read by anyone Alison. We have a review by a male coming up, would you like to review a copy too?
7 Oct, 2008
Given that the author is called Victoria, one suspects that there might be something in the book for the female reader.
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