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Women of the wild west – skateboarding in sensorial cityscapes
Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan, GIH, Institutionen för idrotts- och hälsovetenskap, Forskningsgruppen för pedagogisk idrottsforskning.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1230-3415
2016 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

With its prominent street style, skateboarding may be described as a fine example of urban sport. Although deriving from the culturally western world which boasts of a high level of gender equality, the representation of women in skateboarding has remained surprisingly low. In addition, urban milieus in the open and liberal European society have lately been described as places where young women may face harassments and aggression. Drawing from long term sensory ethnography and inspired by later theoretical turns in social sciences focusing the importance of the material environment, this paper discuss how women skateboarders experience the physical activity as enmeshed with the material context at the same time heavily depending on the social and cultural context. The urban environment with its smooth marble or rough asphalt surfaces, its alarming sounds and tingling smells forms the experience of skateboarding. Moreover, it forms the construction of femininity. This paper contributes with new empirical findings on what it means to practise a physical activity in urban locations as a gendered minority. In doing so, it also adds to the discussion on how a material feminist theory might be sketched and developed without overlooking the social and cultural aspects.

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2016.
Emneord [en]
skateboarding, urban sport, femininity, senses
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Samhällsvetenskap/Humaniora
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-4564OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-4564DiVA, id: diva2:970495
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Sport in the city - Urbanity, Mobility and Social Change. 13th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark 4-7 May 2016
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish Research Council, 2007-4033Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-09-13 Laget: 2016-09-13 Sist oppdatert: 2018-03-09bibliografisk kontrollert

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