A Refinement of Collaborative Circles Theory: Resource Mobilization and Innovation in an Extreme Sport
2013 (English)In: Social psychology quarterly, ISSN 0190-2725, E-ISSN 1939-8999, Vol. 76, no 1, 25-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Farrell's (2001) theory of collaborative circles provides a useful frame for analyzing the interpersonal dynamics that enable creative collaboration in small groups, but it leaves contextual factors of collaboration undertheorized. Using ethnographic data on freestyle BMXers in Greenville, North Carolina, this article demonstrates how resource mobilization theory's conception of resources can specify the enabling and constraining aspects of a circle's environment in atheoretically satisfying way. Specifically, I find that the enabling interpersonal dynamics found by Farrell rely on distinct arrangements of material, moral, and what I term locational resources. During the formation stage, a welcoming skatepark and moral support from the local community afforded the group the space and time it needed to unite, articulate a common vision, and produce dramatic innovations in their sport. During the separation stage, increased resources from the commercialization of freestyle BMX influenced both the separation of the circle and the production of the scene that followed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 76, no 1, 25-51 p.
collaboration, small groups, collaborative circles, social psychology, theoretical extension
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172983DOI: 10.1177/0190272512470147ISI: 000317866400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172983DiVA: diva2:516123