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Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces

Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces The importance of regular participation in physical activity in youth has seen attention turn to the role of lifestyle sports. Existing research on lifestyle sports lacks consideration of young people’s use of green spaces and the approaches of managers to conflicts in these spaces. Young people’s experiences of leisure are closely tied to those who oversee their use of leisure spaces and this paper is a rare example of research that draws upon qualitative methods from 40 mountain biking participants and 9 managers to explore both perspectives. Findings reveal young people seek opportunities for autonomy in green spaces through mountain biking but contest normative management practices. Managers recognized the benefits of engaging young people in mountain biking and discussed experimenting with various strategies to accommodate their practices. The paper therefore discusses the importance of moving beyond constructions of young people’s participation in lifestyle sports as transgressive and troublesome. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of Leisure Research Taylor & Francis

Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces

Annals of Leisure Research , Volume 23 (2): 20 – Mar 14, 2020

Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces

Annals of Leisure Research , Volume 23 (2): 20 – Mar 14, 2020

Abstract

The importance of regular participation in physical activity in youth has seen attention turn to the role of lifestyle sports. Existing research on lifestyle sports lacks consideration of young people’s use of green spaces and the approaches of managers to conflicts in these spaces. Young people’s experiences of leisure are closely tied to those who oversee their use of leisure spaces and this paper is a rare example of research that draws upon qualitative methods from 40 mountain biking participants and 9 managers to explore both perspectives. Findings reveal young people seek opportunities for autonomy in green spaces through mountain biking but contest normative management practices. Managers recognized the benefits of engaging young people in mountain biking and discussed experimenting with various strategies to accommodate their practices. The paper therefore discusses the importance of moving beyond constructions of young people’s participation in lifestyle sports as transgressive and troublesome.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies
ISSN
2159-6816
eISSN
1174-5398
DOI
10.1080/11745398.2019.1571928
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Abstract

The importance of regular participation in physical activity in youth has seen attention turn to the role of lifestyle sports. Existing research on lifestyle sports lacks consideration of young people’s use of green spaces and the approaches of managers to conflicts in these spaces. Young people’s experiences of leisure are closely tied to those who oversee their use of leisure spaces and this paper is a rare example of research that draws upon qualitative methods from 40 mountain biking participants and 9 managers to explore both perspectives. Findings reveal young people seek opportunities for autonomy in green spaces through mountain biking but contest normative management practices. Managers recognized the benefits of engaging young people in mountain biking and discussed experimenting with various strategies to accommodate their practices. The paper therefore discusses the importance of moving beyond constructions of young people’s participation in lifestyle sports as transgressive and troublesome.

Journal

Annals of Leisure ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 14, 2020

Keywords: Green space; youth; lifestyle sports; management; conflict

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