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Moving Boarders

Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports

E. Missy Wright, Matthew Atencio, Becky Beal, ZáNean McClain
Barcode 9781682260791
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Release Date: 03/12/2018

Genre: Society & Culture
Sub-Genre: Social Sciences
Label: University of Arkansas Press
Language: English
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Pages: 315

Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports. 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 skateboarding in the San Francisco Bay Area as its focus, Moving Boarders explores this switch in stance. 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 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 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 community engagement and the creation of social and economic capital.