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Gatekeepers and Godfathers: An intersectional analysis of the impact of personal social networks on snowboarding progression
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to discover what impact, if any, personal social networks have on an individual’s snowboarding skill progression, and whether any differences emerge based on gender, class, race, or age. Interviews with 10 demographically diverse snowboarders in Washington State, USA, were conducted and analyzed. The study revealed that personal social networks are highly important to snowboarding skill progression, with nine progression benefits noted. It was also found that the type of relationship was important, with the roles of gatekeepers, “godfathers,” and crews as the most critical for progression. Lastly, respondents indicated a variety of methods to access social networks, including social media, events, organizations, industry employment and through existing social networks. To further analyze the findings, an intersectional feminist reading of Castells networking theory was applied, with investigations into gender, race, class, and age patterns. The analysis revealed two overlapping values systems, one based on snowboarding ability and commitment, and one based on alignment of demographics with those who are most valued in the snowboarding world--mainly young, white, middle class men. The research closes with potential solution ideas to improve equitability and inclusion, which can be applied from the grassroots level to large-scale implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 69
Keywords [en]
Snowboarding; intersectionality; feminism; social networks; action sports; extreme sports; Castells; networking theory
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149512ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC1-A—18/004-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149512DiVA, id: diva2:1230578
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
Presentation
2018-06-08, 02:57 (English)
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Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-07-04 Last updated: 2018-08-07Bibliographically approved

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