Transnational mobilties in snowboarding culture: Travel, tourism and lifestyle migration
Thorpe, H. (2012). Transnational mobilties in snowboarding culture: Travel, tourism and lifestyle migration. Mobilities, 7(2), 317-345.
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Drawing upon global ethnographic methods conducted in six countries over seven years, this paper offers the ﬁrst in-depth examination of the transnational ﬂows and corporeal mobilities in the contemporary physical culture of snowboarding. Focusing on the travel and migration experiences of various groups of snowboarders (that is, tourists, professional athletes and lifestyle sport migrants), and engaging recent work by human geographers, as well as Pierre Bourdieu’s key concepts of ﬁeld, capital and habitus, this paper reveals fresh insights into the lived transnationalism and global migration of contemporary youth facilitated by the ‘action’, ‘alternative’ or ‘extreme’sports economy.
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