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Routledge
30 October 2018
Social & political philosophy; Sociology: sport & leisure; Water sports & recreations; Winter sports; Active outdoor pursuits
Nature sports such as skiing, climbing, and surfing have had a significant influence on Western popular culture since the mid-twentieth century and participation in such sports continues to grow. Written in a clear and accessible style, this important book provides a comprehensive philosophical analysis of nature sports.

Philosophy and Nature Sports offers an engaging inquiry into how nature sports differ from mainstream sports, how these differences are related to their value as human activities, and the role of the environments in which such sports take place. Addressing the claim that the most distinctive feature of nature sports is the relationship between participants and the natural world, the book also examines a wide range of topics, such as ethics, risk, gender construction, the social role of nature sport subcultures and the aesthetic experiences of nature sports athletes. Tying these together is the question of what it is that attracts us to nature sports and why they hold meaning for us.

This is a valuable resource for students and academics in fields such as alternative sports, alternative sport subcultures, sport philosophy, sport and social issues, ethics, and phenomenology. It is also a fascinating read for outdoor educators and practitioners.
By:   Kevin Krein (University of Alaska Southeast US)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9781138210851
ISBN 10:   1138210854
Series:   Ethics and Sport
Pages:   174
Publication Date:   30 October 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kevin Krein is Professor of Philosophy and Academic Director of Outdoor Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, USA. He is a co-owner and guide at Alaska Powder Descents ski guiding service and the author of numerous articles on diverse issues in nature sports philosophy.

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