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Style in physical activity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2008 (English)In: Bonds and Communities. Young people and their social ties.: The 10th Nordic Youth Research Information Symposium, 2008, 58- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aesthetic expressions in youth culture have been studied extensively. For the British CCCS and its followers the concept of style is regularly used to explain dress codes, hair fashion and other physical appearances. Sub culture is an often-used term, which enclose these types of expressions, in addition frequently connected to certain kinds music. Lately a growing number of studies on sub culture and sport have been presented. This implies an interest in a slightly different aspect of style – the one focusing more on style in physical activity. The leaderless boarding culture revolves primarily around style and physical bodily activity, in contrast to punk for example, which is held together by style and music. Thus it can be argued that identity through board sports is more clearly incorporated through physical performance. This presentation attempts to fill some of the gap in research around style in physical activity. It focuses bodily aesthetic expressions in skateboarding and the concept of style in relation to the moving body. Style in both senses mentioned above, communicates and creates both bonds and communities. Building on empirical studies on skateboarding in Sweden between 1978-2002, it is argued that also style in physical activity is significant for the construction of cultural and social values. Moreover style in this sense has a highly performative aspect.

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2008. 58- p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Gender Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17921ISBN: diva2:184442
Available from: 2009-01-22 Created: 2009-01-22 Last updated: 2010-05-06Bibliographically approved

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