Skateboarding defies the neoliberal logic of the city by making it a playground for all

Skateboarding defies the neoliberal logic of the city by making it a playground for all

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  • Post published:October 12, 2020

Skateboarding today is a global phenomenon, with around 50 million riders and thousands of skate parks worldwide – it will even feature as a sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. From the full-on testosterone of Thrasher skateboard magazine to the fashionable styling of Vogue, the skater girls and boys of Kabul to the Native American reservations of South Dakota, the skate parks of Brazil to the streets of Shenzhen, skateboarding is no longer just for punkish, subcultural rebels – it’s everywhere, for everyone.

Along the way, skateboarders have achieved great things in art, film, photography and DIY skate park construction, and have engaged with important matters of gender, community and professionalism, plus commerce, heritage and social enterprise.