[csaa-forum] CFP: The Subculture of Skateboarding

Kara Lombard kjlombard at gmail.com
Fri Aug 9 19:17:34 CST 2013

*CALL FOR PAPERS: The Subculture of Skateboarding (Edited Collection)*

Due date: 1 November 2013

In *Skateboarding, space and the city: Architecture and the body*, the
first academic monograph on skateboarding, Iain Borden noted that “academic
and external records of skateboarding are extremely limited… there have
been few historical accounts of its internal practices and development,
still less of its wider social meanings” (2001, p. 4). Since then, many
more studies on skateboarding have emerged from areas as diverse as urban
design, sociology of sport, medicine, geography and youth studies. Academic
discussion reveals various and often contradictory understandings of
skateboarding: it is a multi-million dollar industry, recreational
activity, sport, children’s pursuit, fad, underground movement, criminal
activity, form of transport, and an aesthetic practice. Considered
‘extreme’ by corporations, yet not by those involved in the subculture (eg:
*Australian Skateboarding Magazine* editorial April 2003), skateboarding
has become more ‘respectable’ as it is increasingly mainstreamed, yet is
still considered in terms of resistance (to capitalist social relations,
spatial control, and commodification, for example).

This edited collection aims to provide a wide-ranging introduction to
the theoretical understandings and critical explorations of the
meanings, practices and subculture of skateboarding. I invite
contributions which emphasise the cultural, social, spatial and
political dynamics of skateboarding. Possible areas of research
include (though are not limited to):

   - Skateboarding as socio-political resistance
   - Space – spatial tactics and practices, the production of space,
   representations of space
   - Commercialisation
   - Governance, policy and social control
   - Fashion
   - Gender relations
   - Race
   - Media
   - Representations of skateboarding in popular culture (TV, film etc)
   - Subculture
   - Identity formation
   - Ethnography

Submissions from diverse fields of study, including cultural studies,
sociology, anthropology, geography, architecture, urban studies, and
history, are encouraged.

Interested contributors should send abstracts of 300-350 words to Kara-Jane
Lombard (k.lombard at curtin.edu.au) before 1 November 2013.  Please attach a
short biographical statement including your contact information,
affiliation and recent publications.

Kara-Jane Lombard

k.lombard at curtin.edu.au

School of Media, Society and Culture

Curtin University

GPO Box U1987

Western Australia 6845
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