Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Sutton, David

Abstract

Competitive cycling is a sport that is popular around the world. My thesis explores the relationship between cyclesport and society. I begin my thesis with an introduction to the topic of cycling and how I will elucidate cycling's relationship within the sense of how cycle racing engages the nexus between the environment and subject in and through language use, embodiment, and practice. I then explain the methods that I use. Phenomenology, lived experience research, embodied performance, and language use. I utilized my experiences in different cycling communities and interviews to gain access to how cycling comes to be practiced in the daily lives of its participants. Many of the findings reflect the dynamics of gender, language use, discipline, and balance.

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