Transnational Mobilties in Snowboarding Culture: Travel, Tourism and Lifestyle Migration

  • Thorpe H
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Abstract

Drawing upon global ethnographic methods conducted in six countries over seven years, this paper offers the first in-depth examination of the transnational flows and corporeal mobilities in the contemporary physical culture of snowboarding. Focusing on the travel and migration experiences of various groups of snowboarders (that is, tourists, profes- sional athletes and lifestyle sport migrants), and engaging recent work by human geogra- phers, as well as Pierre Bourdieu’s key concepts of field, capital and habitus, this paper reveals fresh insights into the lived transnationalism and global migration of contemporary youth facilitated by the ‘action’, ‘alternative’ or ‘extreme’ sports economy.

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  • Youth culture
  • action sport
  • lifestyle migration
  • snowboarding
  • travel

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  • Holly Thorpe

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