Dangerous fun : the social lives of big wave surfers (Book, 2022) [WorldCat.org]
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Dangerous fun : the social lives of big wave surfers

Author: Ugo Corte
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2022. ©2022
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Straight from the beaches of Hawaii comes an exciting new ethnography of a community of big-wave surfers. Oahu's Waimea Bay attracts the world's best big wave surfers-men and women who come to test their physical strength, courage, style, knowledge of the water, and love of the ocean. Sociologist Ugo Corte sees their fun as the outcome of social interaction within a community. Both as participant and observer, he  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ugo Corte
ISBN: 9780226815442 0226815447 9780226820453 0226820459
OCLC Number: 1274198814
Description: xiii, 270 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
From land to water --
Beyond the boil --
Fun and community --
Failing to succeed, failing to become --
Reciprocal influence --
From adventure to entertainment and toward sport --
One last ride --
Epilogue : gone but here, yet barely in sight.
Responsibility: Ugo Corte.

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"Straight from the beaches of Hawaii comes an exciting new ethnography of a community of big-wave surfers. Oahu's Waimea Bay attracts the world's best big wave surfers-men and women who come to test their physical strength, courage, style, knowledge of the water, and love of the ocean. Sociologist Ugo Corte sees their fun as the outcome of social interaction within a community. Both as participant and observer, he examines how mentors, novices, and peers interact to create episodes of collective fun in a dangerous setting; how they push one another's limits, nourish a lifestyle, advance the sport and, in some cases, make a living based on their passion for the sport. In Dangerous Fun, Corte traces how surfers earn and maintain a reputation within the field, and how, as innovations are introduced, and as they progress, establish themselves and age, they modify their strategies for maximizing performance and limiting chances of failure. Corte argues that fun is a social phenomenon, a pathway to solidarity rooted in the delight in actualizing the self within a social world. It is a form of group cohesion achieved through shared participation in risky interactions with uncertain outcomes. Ultimately, Corte provides an understanding of collective effervescence, emotional energy, and the interaction rituals leading to fateful moments-moments of decision that, once made, transform one's self-concept irrevocably."--

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"Dangerous Fun is bound to be recognized as an essential contribution to the ethnography of risk and the sociology of emotions. Part-memoir, part-history, and part-theory, Corte brilliantly describes Read more...

 
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