Hockey in the Lower Mainland: An Ethnographic Examination of Passion for a Sport

Date created: 
2014-09-08
Identifier: 
etd8651
Keywords: 
Passion
Hockey
Discourse
Ethnography
Lower Mainland
Abstract: 

In response to the widely publicized passions that Canadians have for the sport of hockey, this thesis examines passion for a sport from an ethnographic perspective. I observed daily practices and engagements with the sport throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and suggest that hockey is important to individuals because of the relationships that hockey espouses. Through interviews, participant observation, and conversations, I was able to understand how discourses inform behaviours regarding hockey practices, and how hockey can be used discursively to encourage social relationships. These relationships encompass both real and imagined communities, with shared discourses as the indicators of belonging. Talking, playing, organizing, and watching hockey comprise four different, yet overlapping engagements that are revealed to have implications in the creation and maintenance of discursive communities. Passion is found to be a malleable, contextually contingent term that applies to a range of experiences, attitudes, and practices regarding hockey.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Noel Dyck
Department: 
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Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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