SI SPORT WEEK #5-1: Rock Climbing and Gendered Identity (Victoria Robinson)

Today we present a selection of sociological resources on rock climbing and introduce the work of Victoria Robinson on climbing identities.

Do Not Climb! (Model: M. Mihaylova. Photo: Idle Ethnographer TM)

Do Not Climb! (Model: M. Mihaylova. Photo: Idle Ethnographer TM)

To begin with, the Special edition of Sheffield Online Papers in Social Research, on ‘Masculinities and The Extreme Sport of Rock Climbing’, August, No. 10, is a must ( Link to Journal )

The editor of the special edition, Victoria Robinson, also published an excellent book on the topic:

Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport: Male Identity and Rock Climbing

by Victoria Robinson*

Everyday Masculinities and Sport by Victoria Robinson (Picture: http://www.bergpublishers.com/?tabid=3772)

Everyday Masculinities and Sport by Victoria Robinson (Picture: http://www.bergpublishers.com/?tabid=3772)

`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.’ (see more on the publisher’s website )

( read a review of Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport )

Victoria Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester and has held posts at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle. Dr Robinson’s main research interests are in the areas of sexualities, especially heterosexualities; men and masculinities and gender/feminist theory, particularly debates around Gender/Women´s Studies and gender theory in the academy. Other books she authored 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).

( visit Victoria Robinson’s homepage at the University of Sheffield )

* (2008) Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport: Male Identity and Rock Climbing. Oxford: Berg, pp. 183.


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