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Maintaining masculinities in Japan’s transnational surfscapes: Space, Place, and Gender

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifton EversORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications, Inc., 2019.

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This article examines the local practices, transnational circulation and exchange of gender ideologies within Japanese surfscapes. A focus on gender in relation to Japanese surf culture is critical as the ways surf spaces in Japan are governed and/or have changed in recent years has as much to do with transnational gender surf ideologies as with its domestic gender norms. More specifically, we analyse how gendered ideologies in Japan are mobilised in particular ways depending on the conditions of possibility—the cultural, social, ecological, material, and technological elements—that comprise any given surfscape. To draw attention to the complexities involved in the relationship between surfing, space and place in globalising Japan the enquiry is undertaken in a highly localised, territorial and big-wave surf site in Wakayama Prefecture and the surrounding Kansai region. This site has been chosen because of is highly patriarchal, localised and big wave surfer culture, as well as how it differently localises transnational surf culture, thereby offering insight into the nuances, issues and strategies of social change as surfing continues to evolve in the region. The aim of the analysis is two-fold. The first is contextual, highlighting the importance of the culturally and site specific character of how surf culture and gender relations are assembled in the Japanese context. The second is to offer insight in to the histories and trajectories informing the gendered practices of surfscapes in globalising Japan. The intention is to explore the diversity of surf cultures throughout East Asia and the different ways surfing lifestyles are localised in relation to socio-political-ecological place-making and gender.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Doering A, Evers C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Year: 2019

Volume: 43

Issue: 5

Pages: 386-406

Print publication date: 01/10/2019

Online publication date: 12/08/2019

Acceptance date: 14/05/2019

Date deposited: 05/06/2019

ISSN (print): 0193-7235

ISSN (electronic): 1552-7638

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0193723519867584


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