Skateboarding activism: exploring diverse voices and community support
This chapter aims to shed light on lesser-known populations involved with and supportive of skateboarding to move beyond narrow assumptions of those who participate in and appreciate this subculture and identify how this can benefit skateboarding activism. We argue for broadening the common (mis)understandings of skateboarding as a subculture of young males to allow for recognition of more diverse populations at the periphery, examining instances in which a broader range of people, particularly females, mature-aged skaters, parents, and individuals from the general public express support for skateboarding. Our focus addresses a gap in studies of subcultures in which the participation of females and older generations are overlooked – particularly in scenes that are practiced beyond private, indoor, and domestic spaces (Taylor 2012). Highlighting diversity within the skateboarding community adds a more inclusive and realistic representation of the fluidity and diversity in this subculture and arms skateboarding advocates with ammunition to lobby authorities for greater consideration of skate facilities and skateboarding in public spaces.
Skateboarding: Subcultures, sites and shifts
Sociology not elsewhere classified