‘It feels like a big performance’: space, performativity and young woman skateboarders

Paechter, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3050-5571, Stoodley, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-0901-6661, Keenan, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-2052-8462 and Lawton, C., 2024. ‘It feels like a big performance’: space, performativity and young woman skateboarders. Sociological Research Online. ISSN 1360-7804

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In this paper we apply philosophical and sociological theory to consider how young women skateboarders interact with and are affected by performative aspects of skateboarding cultures. Drawing on findings from a qualitative study of three skateparks plus other skate spaces in and around two English cities, we argue that these spaces are performative in nature and that this is frequently problematic for young woman skateboarders. We suggest that, due to their comparative rarity in these spaces, young women are put under an immediate spotlight on entry, with an expectation that they perform a competent skateboarder identity while under scrutiny from other users of the space; we examine their experiences of this. We conclude by suggesting ways that skateparks and skatespaces can be designed and used to make them more accessible to woman and girl skaters, and to other groups marginalised in skateboarding cultures.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Creators: Paechter, C., Stoodley, L., Keenan, M. and Lawton, C.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 12 January 2024
ISSN: 1360-7804
Rights: © The Author(s) 2024. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 01 Nov 2023 09:52
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 13:05
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50177

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