Skateboarding and Religion

  • Paul O'Connor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  4. Observation

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  5. Performance

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      Pages 121-121
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  6. Organisation

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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 299-304

About this book


This book explores the ways in which religion is observed, performed, and organised in skateboard culture.

Drawing on scholarship from the sociology of religion and the cultural politics of lifestyle sports, this work combines ethnographic research with media analysis to argue that the rituals of skateboarding provide participants with a rich cultural canvas for emotional and spiritual engagement. Paul O’Connor contends that religious identification in skateboarding is set to increase as participants pursue ways to both control and engage meaningfully with an activity that has become an increasingly mainstream and institutionalised sport. Religion is explored through the themes of myth, celebrity, iconography, pilgrimage, evangelism, cults, and self-help.


lifestyle sport iconography ritual pilgrimage ethics sacred texts

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul O'Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.Lingnan UniversityTuen MunHong Kong

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24856-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24857-4
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