Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports

Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports[KINDLE] ✽ Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports Author Matthew Atencio – Heartforum.co.uk Once considered a kind of delinquent activity, skateboarding is on track to join soccer, baseball, and basketball as an approved way for American children to pass the after school hours With family sk Once considered a kind of delinquent Skateboarding and ePUB ´ activity, skateboarding is on track to join soccer, baseball, and basketball as an approved way for American children to pass the after school hours With family skateboarding in the San Francisco Bay Area as its focus, Moving Boarders explores this switch in stance, integrating first person interviews and direct observations to provide a rich portrait of youth skateboarders, their parents, and the Moving Boarders: MOBI :Ä social and market forces that drive them toward the skate park This excellent treatise on the contemporary youth sports scene examines how modern families embrace skateboarding and the role commerce plays in this unexpected new parent culture, and highlights how private corporations, community leaders, parks and recreation departments, and nonprofits like the Tony Hawk Foundation have united to energize skate parks like soccer fields before them as platforms for Boarders: Skateboarding and Epub Ù community engagement and the creation of social and economic capital.

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Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape
  • Paperback
  • 315 pages
  • Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports
  • Matthew Atencio
  • 10 June 2018
  • 1682260798

7 thoughts on “Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports

  1. Malcolm says:

    Skateboarding s image as a rebel sport is persistent, from its early days as an off shoot of surfing through its hardcore, street riding days to its acceptance into the summer Olympics it has held stubbornly to the ideal of being the essence of the anti establishment with all of its image as the pastime of the white, sub urban male As with so many movement and body cultures, it is paradox in practice Framed by Jay Coakley s preface with its sharply focused discussion of distinctions betwee Skateboarding s image as a rebel sport is persistent, from its early days as an off shoot of surfing through its hardcore, street riding days to its acceptance into the summer Olympics it has held stubbornly to the ideal of being the essence of the anti establishment with all of its image as the pastime of the white, sub urban male As with so many movement and body cultures, it is paradox in practice Framed by Jay Coakley s preface with its sharply focused discussion of distinctions between what he calls prolympic and people s sports, marking the centrally controlled performance sports from less formal, participant controlled activities this ethnography of four Bay Area skate parks challenges many of the stereotypes of skateboarding and unpacks its significance in a neo liberal era The authors, working collectively over several years, shape their analysis through key tropes including the shifting balance between non profit and for profit entrepreneurial actors often the same people at the same time, the role and vision of city government interacting with local communities often framed through parent and adult driven concerns, dynamics of social inclusion consistently but not only around questions of gender, and questions of practice control and practice communities Their analysis is, to a large degree, shaped by the question of the over organisation and commodification of youth sports with its consequent restrictions on access and participation as costs financial and other grow, and as it absorbs the cultures of professionalization The discussion points to the significance of local factors where two parks, one in Oakland and one in San Jose, build on local community identities and histories not surprisingly these are also the most ethnically diverse while others, muchcorporate in many ways, one in San Francisco and one in San Jose, arerestricted in vision and participation, but featureobvious and organised gender diversity programmes One of the parks, in San Jose, seems heavily regulated with the consequence that there is little agency on the part of the skaters when compared to some of the others This is not so much a question of corporate involvement the Oakland park has major corporate sponsorship, but is a consequence of local user group, city and related decision making.It is a challenging book in many ways, highlighting some of the ways skateboarding has become muchmainstreamed but also how city government and parents often see it is a way into addressing the problems of under served communities and alienated youth that is, sport as a social welfare programme It also unpacks ways that to sport is becoming increasingly instrumentalised in the project of the neo liberal parenting project, although throughout Atencio et at stress that even in the most controlled of environments the participant community continues to be self sustaining and self supporting, reflecting the image of the activity as one of organic growth and support, sharing knowledge and support for the most part they are careful not to romanticise the community s participants as all caring Despite all of this, despite the richness and elegance of the argument and its evidential base the book is frustrating in that it seems to sell itself short, especially theoretically The authors make a lot of their notion of skateboarding as providing Urban Platforms for Capital yet this idea is barely developed beyond the intermittent reference to forms of social capital development as bridging or bonding there seemed to be muchthat could be done with that notion Similarly they reference early in the discussion Henri Lefebvre s notion of multiple forms of space, yet this seems only to be a tool to let them say that spaces are made in their use yet Lefebvre s three part model focusing on the design of space as well as its use then disappears from the analysis when it seems to me to point compellingly to their case for agency and community participant control of the practice All in all, this rich body of evidence is to a large degree allowed or left to speak for itself and in places the insightful theoretical potential by passed.The book is a valuable contribution not only to the literature on action sports but also on urban and youth development but it feels a bit like a missed opportunity hopefully further studies will enhance and enrich this unexplored theoretical potential

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