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The aesthetics of risk. A study of surfing


Stranger, MJA, The aesthetics of risk. A study of surfing, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 34, (3) pp. 265-276. ISSN 0074-7769 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/101269099034003003


A combination of participant-observation, survey research, interviews, and semiotics was used to examine risk-taking in Australian surfing. It is argued that: (1) aestheticization facilitates risk-taking in the pursuit of an ecstatic, transcendent experience; and (2) the surfing aesthetic involves a postmodern incarnation of the sublime that distorts rational risk assessment. The study also analyzes the role of the surfing media in constructing and reinforcing images of the sublime. © ISSA and SAGE Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
UTAS Author:Stranger, MJA (Dr Mark Stranger)
ID Code:16423
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-11

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