Mountain bike trail building, ‘dirty’ work and a new terrestrial politics

CHERRINGTON, James and BLACK, Jack (2019). Mountain bike trail building, ‘dirty’ work and a new terrestrial politics. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.

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Dirt is evoked to signify many important facets of mountain bike culture including its emergence, history and everyday forms of practice and affect. These significations are also drawn upon to frame the sport's (sub)cultural and counter-ideological affiliations. In this article we examine how both the practice of mountain biking and, specifically, mountain bike trail building, raises questions over the object and latent function of dirt, hinting at the way that abjection can, under certain circumstances, be a source of intrigue and pleasure. In doing so, we suggest a re-symbolization of our relationship with dirt via a consideration of the terrestrial.

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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 12:12
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 18:45

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