Inside Professional Street Skateboarding
54 photos and 2 videos (ebook only)
“A rigorously researched and richly rendered ethnography of skateboarding that takes us beyond the acrobatics, lingo, and lifestyles of its elite practitioners into the economics and subcultural dynamics of the scene, and its forays into political activism and sense of community. The reader’s perception of skating is flipped like the proverbial board. Far from ‘skate punks,’ ‘pros’ are elite athletes and their friends and collaborators are engines of new-media creativity. Gregory Snyder has done it again, producing another iconic study of a key subculture and in the process offers nothing less than a meditation on the nature of career, work and life.”
—Jonathan Ilan, Author of Understanding Street Culture: Poverty, Crime, Youth, and Cool
“The magic by which street skateboarders execute impossible aerial tricks is wrapped in another kind of magic: their ability to transform the most mundane of urban spaces into open-air theaters of collective performance. Snyder is hip to both sorts of magic, and because he is, Skateboarding LA is a thing of beauty: urban sociology on four wheels, cultural criminology on the fly, and ethnography at its best.”
—Jeff Ferrell, Author of Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, an
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