PLACING GOLF; POLITICS, LANDSCAPES AND CULTURES
Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester
A huge amount of scientific research explores the psychology of play, the design
of equipment, the planning of golfing assets or tournaments, and golf course
architecture, but the game is remarkably little studied by the critical social
sciences. Golf is painted by many as the archetypal elite western sport,
stereotypically played by rich white businessmen, on exclusive and artificial
courses. These stereotypes are often taken for granted, rather than being
interrogated and placed. In fact there is a huge variation in golfing practices
and the cultural politics of clubs, courses and golfing identities remains
This session offers the opportunity for turning a critical eye on the game, for
exploring different golfing contexts, assessing the changing significance of
the many different golfing geographies and weighing golf up against other
leisure pursuits and interpretive lenses. We invite theoretically informed
analyses exploring the cultural meanings and political economy of the game and
*Theoretical approaches to the game. Different philosophical positions taken
towards the place(s) and regulation of golf.
*The spaces of golf: landscapes and the political economy of style and golfing
taste. Natural and cultural links.
*Historical geographies of golfing change.
*Golf clubs and tournaments. The social, political and cultural context of
institutions through which golf is played.
* Scalar approaches to the sport: globalizing tendencies and local action. Cross
*Representations of the sport in film, the web, and other media.
*Power at play: gender, class, wealth, race and sexualities. Opposition to golf:
anti-golf movements, subversion within the game.
*Performative studies of golf: affect and golfing (e)motion.
*Contested and negotiated geographies of golfing identities.
Proposed papers in the form of a title and short abstract (250 words
maximum) should be submitted to Chris Perkins (c.perkins@...
30th September 2007. Further details on the paper requirements and
registration for the AAG meeting are at