This book explores the cultural, social, spatial, and political dynamics of skateboarding, drawing on contributions from leading international experts across a range of disciplines, such as sociology and philosophy of sport, architecture, anthropology, ecology, cultural studies, sociology, geography, and other fields. Part I critiques the ethos of skateboarding, its cultures and scenes, global trajectory, and the meanings it holds. Part II critically examines skateboarding in terms of space and sites, and Part III explores shifts that have occurred in skateboarding’s history around mainstreaming, commercialization, professionalization, neoliberalization and creative cities.
Table of Contents
1. The Cultural Politics of Skateboarding and the Rise of Skate Urbanism Part I: Cultures and Scenes 2. No One Standing Above You: Rodney Mullen and the Ethics of Innovation 3. Skateboard Philanthropy: Inclusion and Prefigurative Politics 4. Skateboarding Activism: Exploring Diverse Voices and Community Support 5. He Catches Things in Flight: Scopic Regimes, Visuality and Skateboarding in Tyneside, England 6. Posing L.A., Performing Tokyo: Photography and Race in Skateboarding’s Global Imaginary Part II: Sites and Space 7. Southbank Skateboarding, London and Urban Culture: the Undercroft, Hungerford Bridge and House of Vans 8. The ‘Legitimate’ Skateboarder: Politics of Private-Public Skateboarding Spaces 9. Spreading the Skirtboarder Stoke: Reflexively Blogging Fluid Femininities and Constructing New Female Skateboarding Identities Part III: Skate Shifts 10. Skateboarding as a Technology of the Collective: Kona Skatepark, Jacksonville, Florida, USA 11. Steep Transitions: Spatial-Temporal Incorporation, Beasley Skate Park and Subcultural Politics in the Gentrifying City 12. Trucks, Tricks and Technologies of Government: Analyzing the Productive Encounter between Governance and Resistance in Skateboarding 13. Transformative Improvisation: The Creation of the Commercial Skateboard Shoe, 1960-1979
Kara-Jane Lombard is Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University, Western Australia.