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Mountains & The Politics of Representation: Introduction

Hall, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5671-8175 and Hall, Jenny ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5200-4308 (2023) Mountains & The Politics of Representation: Introduction. In: Hall, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5671-8175 and Hall, Jenny ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5200-4308, (eds.) Mountains & The Politics of Representation. 1 ed. Liverpool University Press, 01-16

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Considered to be the most literary of sports and leisure pursuits (McNee, 2017; Rak, 2021) mountaineering and mountain climbing have been prolifically documented through a range of media including the mountain memoir since the mid-1850s (Gifford, 2013). In this volume, we explore a burgeoning tradition of mountaineering literature, of cinema and of memoir to appreciate difference, beyond the habitual heroic, white male, adventurer that dominates screens and bookshelves. The authors offer both contemporary and historical embodied representations that show how mountaineering has been practiced, constructed, and commodified in multifaceted ways. Through exploring multidimensional axes of social differentiation from gender, race, class, and age to dis/ability and sexuality, the book will demonstrate how commodification is embodied through representation in mountaineering literature, media, film and memoir in mountaineering spaces. Amongst our aims, this book intends to understand how multiple social dimensions overlap and work to produce independent systems of exclusion and inclusion that focus on untraditional ways to be a mountaineer. This volume contributes to the emerging field of mountain studies and particularly the discussion on diversity and difference in publicly consumable mountaineering representations. However, we, the authors, do acknowledge the dominance of Western academic voices and subjects in this volume and would call upon scholars to take seriously issues of inclusion across multiple axes of social distinction.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0199.8-200.35 Mountaineering
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7585

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