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The aesthetics of risk. A study of surfing
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 11:42 authored by Stranger, MJA
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. Â© ISSA and SAGE Publications.
Publication titleInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
Place of publicationLondon, Thousand Oaks, CA, New Delhi