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The ins and outs of skateboarding and transgression in public space in Newcastle, Australia

The ins and outs of skateboarding and transgression in public space in Newcastle, Australia This study examines skateboarding as a transgressive activity in different inner Newcastle public spaces, highlighting the way certain places are constructed, and the values and meanings attached to them. Skateboarding has been sanctioned in some places, but is considered to be inappropriate in others, resulting in the implementation of skating restrictions in specific areas. Transgressive conduct is different from the norm and appears to be ‘out of place’. However, labels of ‘in’ and ‘out’ of place are too simplistic, because transgression is more nuanced and can simultaneously operate at multiple scales. Some skateboarding activities and locations are seen as more legitimate than others, and so a skater can be both ‘in place’ and ‘out of place’ at the same time. Problems and inconsistencies in the regulation of public space are revealed, because although skateboarding may be illegal in some places, the regulations are blunted by limited enforcement, justified by distinctions between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ skateboarding. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Geographer Taylor & Francis

The ins and outs of skateboarding and transgression in public space in Newcastle, Australia

Australian Geographer , Volume 34 (3): 17 – Nov 1, 2003
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
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1465-3311
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0004-9182
DOI
10.1080/0004918032000152401
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Abstract

This study examines skateboarding as a transgressive activity in different inner Newcastle public spaces, highlighting the way certain places are constructed, and the values and meanings attached to them. Skateboarding has been sanctioned in some places, but is considered to be inappropriate in others, resulting in the implementation of skating restrictions in specific areas. Transgressive conduct is different from the norm and appears to be ‘out of place’. However, labels of ‘in’ and ‘out’ of place are too simplistic, because transgression is more nuanced and can simultaneously operate at multiple scales. Some skateboarding activities and locations are seen as more legitimate than others, and so a skater can be both ‘in place’ and ‘out of place’ at the same time. Problems and inconsistencies in the regulation of public space are revealed, because although skateboarding may be illegal in some places, the regulations are blunted by limited enforcement, justified by distinctions between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ skateboarding.

Journal

Australian GeographerTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2003

Keywords: Transgression;; skateboarding;; public space;; youth;; Newcastle.

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