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 Kara-Jane Lombard Part I: Cultures and Scenes 2. No One Standing Above You: Rodney Mullen and the Ethics of Innovation Bill Schaffer 3. Skateboard Philanthropy: Inclusion and Prefigurative Politics Paul O’Connor 4. Skateboarding Activism: Exploring Diverse Voices and Community Support Indigo Willing and Scott Shearer 5. He Catches Things in Flight: Scopic Regimes, Visuality and Skateboarding in Tyneside, England Michael Jeffries, Sebastian Messer and Jon Swords 6. Posing L.A., Performing Tokyo: Photography and Race in Skateboarding’s Global Imaginary Dwayne Dixon Part II: Sites and Space 7. Southbank Skateboarding, London and Urban Culture: the Undercroft, Hungerford Bridge and House of Vans Iain Borden 8. The ‘Legitimate’ Skateboarder: Politics of Private-Public Skateboarding Spaces Matthew Atencio and Becky Beal 9. Spreading the Skirtboarder Stoke: Reflexively Blogging Fluid Femininities and Constructing New Female Skateboarding Identities Steph MacKay Part III: Skate Shifts 10. Skateboarding as a Technology of the Collective: Kona Skatepark, Jacksonville, Florida, USA Michael J. Lorr 11. Steep Transitions: Spatial-Temporal Incorporation, Beasley Skate Park and Subcultural Politics in the Gentrifying City Simon Orpana 12. Trucks, Tricks and Technologies of Government: Analyzing the Productive Encounter between Governance and Resistance in Skateboarding Kara-Jane Lombard 13. Transformative Improvisation: The Creation of the Commercial Skateboard Shoe, 1960-1979 Thomas Turner
Kara-Jane Lombard is Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University, Western Australia.