Empire in Waves, 1: A Political History of Surfing
ISBN: 0520279115
EAN13: 9780520279117
Language: English
Publication Date: Mar 3, 2014
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.79" H x 8.9" L x 5.91" W
Weight: 0.84 lbs.
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Laderman has joined a sophisticated discussion of the global history of surfing to a careful examination of its relationship to the cultural politics of United States engagement with the wider world. The chronological frame and impressive transnational source base he utilizes allow him to consider not only the long arc of surfing history but also to root his discussion of its relationship to American diplomacy and global politics in a deeper historical frame.
--Mark Philip Bradley, The University of Chicago

Laderman's book provides a much needed ballast to the history of surfing, orienting it in a global historical context that allows us to gaze at the activity through the lens of the political. This is a much needed addition to the narrative surf canon that has largely overlooked the socio-political impacts of surfing as it has evolved into a multi-billion dollar global industry.
--Cori Schumacher, three-time Women's World Longboard Champion and two-time North American Women's Longboard Champion

This book combines the rich detail of first-class historical research with the insight of a lifelong surfer, tracing the rise of surfing in the context of the rise of imperialism and global capitalism. In doing so, it exposes the darkness that often lay at the heart of the search for the perfect wave. This is a book that must be read by historians of leisure, sports scholars and critically-minded surfers.
--Tony Collins, author of Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

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