Sexuality, Sport and the Culture of Risk
Sexuality, Sport and the Culture of Risk explores serious issues in youth culture across a
broad range of contexts. The matters explored are not only critical because they are
fundamental emerging problems in youth culture, but also because they present
ideologies, scenarios, and principles of individual lives in non-traditional, rebellious and
Each chapter deals with ideas within theories, methodologies and lifestyles that are confrontational, postmodern and designed to question the comfortable research zones of many traditional academics working in sociology.
Sexuality, Sport and the Culture of Risk brings together leading academics, many of whom have been cross-examining traditional views about youth culture for some time. Their work is thought-provoking, innovative, entertaining and at the cutting edge of contemporary sociology.
Sexuality, Sport and the Culture of Risk is designed for both undergraduate and graduate programs and will also be accessible for parents and community members who work with youth and their families. The book will introduce new theoretical perspectives linked to culture, so that complex ideas are made accessible. In this way, it will provide new lenses for considering fundamental issues which have hitherto gone unnoticed in society.
Keith Gilbert, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Health Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He studies sport sociology and has a strong interest in qualitative and interpretive research methodology. He has written numerous publications and has edited several books in the broad areas of sociology and cultural studies, including the following: Extending the Boundaries: Theoretical Frameworks for Research in Sports Management, Some Like It Hot: The Beach as Cultural Dimension, and a groundbreaking text on Islam and Sport. He has been an Executive Board Member of the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) and is currently exploring the realm of Olympic and Paralympic research.
Chapter 1 Introduction:
Wiping the Dust Off the Margins of the Globe
Section A: Sexuality and Youth
Chapter 2 “We’re the X-Files”: Bisexual Students “Messing Up Tidy Sex Files”
Chapter 3 I Don’t Care If I Live or Die
Chapter 4 Sexuality, Poverty and Risk Taking
Section B: Sexuality, Sport and Youth
Chapter 5 Sexual Attitudes and Football Culture
Chapter 6 Homophobia in Women’s Sport
Karin Volkwein-Caplan & Judith D. Ray
Chapter 7 Sport, Gender and the Issues of Life
Chapter 8 Better than Sex: Surfing and the Imaginary of MaleFemale Desiring
Section C: Sexuality, Youth and Risk Taking
Chapter 9 Play Hard – Party Hard: Youth Culture in Paradise
Chapter 10 Train Surfing: It’s like Bungee Jumping Without a Rope
Chapter 11 Doing Hard Time: Masculinity, Power, Control and Sexuality in Male Prisons
Chapter 12 Risk Taking in Sport is not Extraordinary