CrossFit Identity: Study of Group Creation Through Social Processes

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CrossFit Identity: Study of Group Creation Through Social Processes

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Herve Varenne wrote a book called Americans Together (1977) that theorized American culture as the product of the dual American ideals of individualism and collectivism. I found his approach illuminating as I endeavored to identify the cultural values embedded in CrossFit groups. This ethnographic research combined participant observation and life history interviews in several different gyms in the Keene area with a review of relevant literature. The fieldwork created a comparative framework for a study of the cultural journey taken by CrossFit Keene members after their gym closed. I have applied the methods and theories of Franz Boas, Claudia Strauss, and Herve Varenne to a social process that helped develop the group's identity and 'creation myth.' In this presentation, I will discuss ways in which members of CrossFit culture in Keene work to express their individuality through their group.
Rosemary Gianno

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Keene State College

Creator

Sarah R. Keith

Date

2017-10-11

Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12088/8101

Subject

Anthropology

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Presentation

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