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Skateboarding and Religion

Authors: O'Connor, Paul

  • Contends that the contemporary popularity of skateboarding is tied to an increased focus on individuality and a personal politics influenced by neoliberalism, meritocracy, and the subjective turn
    Sees the links between religion and skateboarding as being reflective of and a critique of issues in popular culture
    Argues that religion is an important part of how skateboarding can be understood, recognised, and explored

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About this book

This book explores the ways in which religion is observed, performed, and organised in skateboard culture.

Drawing on scholarship from the sociology of religion and the cultural politics of lifestyle sports, this work combines ethnographic research with media analysis to argue that the rituals of skateboarding provide participants with a rich cultural canvas for emotional and spiritual engagement. Paul O’Connor contends that religious identification in skateboarding is set to increase as participants pursue ways to both control and engage meaningfully with an activity that has become an increasingly mainstream and institutionalised sport. Religion is explored through the themes of myth, celebrity, iconography, pilgrimage, evangelism, cults, and self-help.

About the authors

Paul O’Connor is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sociology at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. As a qualitative sociologist and veteran skateboarder, his research is focused on religion, ethnicity, and lifestyle sports. 

Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: November 8, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24857-4
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Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: November 8, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24856-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Skateboarding and Religion
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24857-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24857-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24856-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 304
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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