1st Edition

Skateboarding and Femininity Gender, Space-making and Expressive Movement

By Dani Abulhawa Copyright 2020
    126 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Skateboarding and Femininity explores and highlights the value of femininity both within skateboarding and wider culture. This book examines skateboarding’s relationship to gender politics through a consideration of the personal politics connected to individual skateboarders, the social-spatial arenas in which skateboarding takes place, and by understanding the performance of tricks and symbolic movements as part of gender-based power dynamics. Dani Abulhawa anaylses the discursive frameworks connected to skateboarding philanthropic projects and how these operate through gendered tropes. Through the author’s work with skateboarding charity SkatePal, this book offers an alternative way of recognising the value of skateboarding philanthropy projects, proposing a move toward a more open and explorative somatic practice perspective.

    Introduction: Getting connected to who you are

    1. Girls and Women Holding and Creating Space in Skateboarding

    2. Skateboarding and Feminism

    3. Skateboarding physical culture

    4. ‘Skateboard Philanthropy’: A somatic practice perspective

    Conclusion: Skateboarding’s participation in the world beyond itself


    Dani Abulhawa is a Lecturer in Contemporary Applied Performance, University of Leeds.