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Lifestyle mobilities: a politics of lifestyle rock climbing

Rickly, Jillian M.



The conceptualization of 'lifestyle mobilities' has yet to fully account for the diversity within and across mobile communities in terms of leisure, travel, and identity. Lifestyle rock climbers, for example, maintain minimalist, hypermobile lifestyles in the full-time, non-professional pursuit of the sport. In an effort to interrogate lifestyle rock climbing within the broader conceptualization of lifestyle mobilities, this paper applies Cresswell's (2010) mesotheoretical 'politics of mobility' framework. It begins by tracing constellations of mobility and historical contexts within the rock climbing community more broadly. This is followed by an examination of the facets of a politics of mobility: motive force, speed, rhythm, route, experience, friction, turbulence and remove, which together offer more nuanced understandings of the movement patterns and travel decisions of lifestyle climbing. However, to account for the community dynamics of lifestyle mobilities, there is a need to delve deeper and attend to the social relations that result from collective performances.


Rickly, J. M. (2014). Lifestyle mobilities: a politics of lifestyle rock climbing. Mobilities, 12(2), 243-263.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 20, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2014
Publication Date Nov 18, 2014
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 28, 2019
Journal Mobilities
Print ISSN 1745-0101
Electronic ISSN 1745-011X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 243-263
Keywords Lifestyle mobilities; rock climbing; politics; leisure; sport
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