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The history of skateboarding in Rouen from the 1970s to today: Three generations

Abstract : This article presents a diachronic analysis of skateboarders’ athletic, associative and political engagement in their sport. The data was drawn from association records, the personal archives of skateboarders, semi-directive interviews and press articles. The analysis focused on the transformations in the local context and revealed three generations of practitioners. The succession of generations reflects the changes in the local context that had an impact on skateboarding styles, the conditions of practice, sociability, and relationships with municipal officials. We established three stages: pioneering, institutionalization, and hardship, which ultimately provide insight into the process of legitimizing skateboarding at the local level.
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Charly Machemehl, Valentin Papet, Quentin Laval, Jorge Ricardo Saravi. The history of skateboarding in Rouen from the 1970s to today: Three generations. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, Taylor and Francis, 2019, pp.1-12. ⟨10.1080/07053436.2019.1682250⟩. ⟨hal-02371198⟩



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