The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman

lisahunter – Independent Scholar (Waikato, New Zealand)

Dr. lisahunter is an Independent Scholar, formerly a Senior Lecturer at Te Whare Wānanga O Waikato/The University of Waikato (Aotearoa New Zealand) Select Publications: lisahunter, Smith, Wayne, & emerald, elke (Eds.). (2015). Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Cultures. Milton Park, Oxfordshire: Routledge. lisahunter. (2015). ‘Stop’: ‘No’. Exploring social suffering in practices of surfing as opportunities for change. In lisahunter, Wayne Smith & elke emerald (Eds.), Pierre Bourdieu and physical capital (pp. 47-56). Abingdon: Routledge. lisahunter. (2015). Seaspaces: Surfing the sea as pedagogy of self. In Barabara Humberstone & Michael Brown (Eds.), Seascapes: Shaped by the sea. Embodied narratives and fluid geographies. Surrey: […]

Chris Gibson – University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia)

Chris Gibson is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Program. Authored and Edited Books: Warren, A and Gibson, C (2014) Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity and Cultural Heritage in Hawai’i, California and Australia, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. ISBN: 978-0-8248-3943-7 (Pbk); 978-0-8248-3828-7 (Hbk) Gibson, C, Farbotko, C, Gill, N, Head, L and Waitt, G (2013) Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978-1-78100-20-7; E-ISBN 978-1-78100-621-4 Gibson, C (ed) (2012) Creativity in Peripheral Places: Redefining the Creative Industries, Routledge, London and New York. ISBN: 978-0-415-69668-5 Gibson, C and Connell, J (2012) Music […]

Kristin Lawler, The American Surfer, Routledge, 2011

Kristin Lawler – College of Mount Saint Vincent, (NY, USA)

Kristin Lawler is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City. Her first book, The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism, was published by Routledge in 2011, and her latest essay, “Fix the Tired: Cultural Politics and the Struggle for Shorter Hours,” is included in the edited collection Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, published by Palgrave in 2014. Her essay, “The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream” appeared in Z Magazine in the summer of 2013, and she is currently at work […]

Douglas Booth, Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Biography: Professor Douglas Booth began his academic career in the mid-1980s in the Development Studies Unit at the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) as a postgraduate student and researcher. During the course of his research into politics of economic underdevelopment under apartheid, Douglas became interested in the sports boycott of South Africa which led him to research the social meaning of sports. In 1993, Professor Booth completed his PhD in the Politics Department at Macquarie University (Sydney) under the supervision of Colin Tatz, which traced the history of the sports boycott in South Africa. Douglas began lecturing the social […]

Clifton Evers, University of Nottingham, Ningbo (Zhejiang, China)

Above: Clifton Evers. Photo: Devocean Clifton Evers grew up surfing the Gold Coast, Australia. He has traveled widely for academic work and to surf e.g. Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Spain, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan, and more. He particularly likes cold water surfing with just the birds for company. After some years working in restaurants, banks, grocery stores, surf shops, and bakeries he undertook his undergraduate studies at Griffith University. Clifton then undertook PhD research at the University of Sydney, where he focused his studies on the relationships between surfing and masculinity. Clifton then […]

Robin Canniford, University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)

Above: Meditation on the separation of nature and culture. Photo: Canniford. Robin graduated from the University of Exeter in 2007 with a PhD in Social Sciences. Having learned to surf in the subzero temperatures of the North Atlantic winter, he was drawn to the Southern Hemisphere by pictures of people surfing without gloves. Since 2010, he has lived on Victoria’s Surf Coast, and works at the University of Melbourne where he is a co-director of the Cluster for Organisation, Society, Markets (COSM) in the faculty of Business and Economics.     Robin’s research investigates how ‘nature’ is figured in markets […]

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