Last year I graduated on my anthropological research thesis about bouldering in Forêt the Fontainebleau. In the common literature climbing is often labeled as a lifestyle sport and referred to as non-competitive and anti-regulative.
I have a different perspective on this subject because I’ve noticed a combination of sport and play values. On the one hand the practice of bouldering promotes freedom and cooperation, but on the other hand there’s a history of self-regulation within the bouldercommunity and competition. This complex practice with different (sometimes even contradicting) values is the subject of my thesis.
With my brother Jens Bouma I’ve made a short movie in addition to my thesis. Feel free to respond.