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ERIC Number: EJ955791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
Liquid Ice Surfers--The Construction of Surfer Identities in Norway
Langseth, Tommy
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v12 n1 p3-23 2012
Surfing is getting increasingly popular in Norway as well as other countries that have a coastline with rideable waves. As surfing gains in popularity, however, the boundaries of the surfing subculture become increasingly guarded. Through ethnography and qualitative interviews, this study examines identity construction on an individual and group level among Norwegian surfers. The study reveals that successful integration in the subculture is dependent on identification with four fundamental forms of symbolic capital: skills, subcultural knowledge, commitment and local affiliation. First, the paper analyses how the individual surfers through a process of identity construction get accustomed to, and incorporate, these values. Second, the paper examines how out-groups are constructed against groups of surfers lacking these forms of symbolic capital. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway