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Title: 'Your Wave, Bro!': virtue ethics and surfing
Authors: Olivier, Steve
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Issue Date: Sep-2010
Publisher: Routledge
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Routledge, available from DOI: 10.1080/17430431003780229
Citation: Olivier, S. 2010. 'Your Wave, Bro!': virtue ethics and surfing. Sport in Society. 13(7&8): pp. 1223-1233. [Online] Available from DOI:10.1080/17430431003780229
Abstract: Exclusionary and sometimes violent behaviours have historically been tacitly accepted in surfing under the banner of 'localism', or territorialism. In competition for an increasingly scarce resource (waves), vice is often celebrated and glorified within the subculture. Attempts at codifying acceptable behaviour have failed, not least because of an ingrained antipathy towards bureaucracy and formal organization. In rejecting the notion of surfing being able to operate in a special moral context, this paper proposes that the practice of virtue ethics holds the most likely chance of reversing moral decline. Virtuous action could operate in an exponential process, through replication and reciprocation, and might result in changing the current moral climate in which harmful acts of localism are tacitly accepted.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/590
ISSN: 1743-0437
Appears in Collections:Social & Health Sciences Collection

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