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Skateboarding, space and the city : architecture and the body

Author: Iain Borden
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Berg, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Skateboarders are an increasingly common feature of the urban environment - recent estimates total 40 million world-wide. We are all aware of their often extraordinary talent and manoeuvres on the city streets. This book is the first detailed study of the urban phenomenon of skateboarding. It looks at skateboarding history from the surf-beaches of California in the 1950s, through the purpose-built stateparks of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Borden, Iain.
Skateboarding, space and the city.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Berg, 2001
(OCoLC)606544309
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Borden
ISBN: 185973488X 9781859734889 1859734936 9781859734933
OCLC Number: 46601857
Description: xiv, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Devices --
Found space --
Constructed space --
body space --
Subculture --
Urban compositions --
Performing the city --
Closure and aperture.
Responsibility: Iain Borden.
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Skateboarders are an increasingly common feature of the urban environment - estimated at 40 million worldwide and creating a subculture of clothes, boards, music, slang and moves. This book  Read more...

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