Power to the paddlers? The internet, governance and discipline


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Gilchrist, Paul and Ravenscroft, Neil (2008) Power to the paddlers? The internet, governance and discipline Leisure Studies, 27 (2). pp. 129-148. ISSN 1466-4496

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This article explores the role of the internet in the processes of organisation and mobilisation of a sporting subculture in asserting rights to enjoy the countryside for recreational purposes. It reports upon findings from a qualitative survey of chat room posts surrounding claims made by canoeists for better access to inland waterways in England and Wales. Informed by a reworking of the gift relationship, the findings question claims about the power of the internet to shape and realise democratic participation, indicating instead that it supports wider hegemonic relationships that constrain sporting activity and provides a mechanism for discipline within the subculture that is counter‐intuitive to a broader politics of access for recreational purposes.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: canoeing; bandit canoeist; river access; access to the countryside, internet, gift relationship, recreational conflict, water‐based sport and recreation, England and Wales
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/02614360701757132
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 12:00
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5237

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