Positioning participation in the field of surfing: sex, equity, and illusion

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Surfing, a practice from ancient physical culture, is arguably a social field. The modern form (re)constituted in the early to mid-1900s, repositioned participants in this field, a new doxa employing a patriocolonial female/male sex binary differentiating access to waves, where those with a sex category ‘female’ were either absented as competent athletes or sexually objectified. Today, sex still works strongly to differentiate access to resources. Using a Bourdieusian analytical framework, I explore the logics of practice found in empirical work of an ongoing ethnography of surfing and its history. It reveals a doxa underpinned by (colonial) patriarchy demonstrating illusio, misrecognition and symbolic violence, providing perceptions of participation equity while sustaining and reworking a particular form of patriarchy and its dominant/dominating practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBourdieu’s Field Theory and the Social Sciences
EditorsJames Albright, Deborah Hartman, Jacqueline Widin
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811053856
ISBN (Print)9789811053849
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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