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Transfigured city to transformed city: Youth cultures and skateboard practice (1970/1980)

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Author(s): LEONARDO BRANDÃO

Journal: História e Cultura
ISSN 2238-6270

Volume: 01;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 07;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: History | City | Skateboard.

ABSTRACT
With approximately 4 million practitioners in the country, skateboarding has been revealing one of the most visible body activities among youth. However, its practice has peculiarities which deserve to be observed. Its relationship with the uses of the city is perhaps the main one of them. In this article, we discuss the historical constitution of the street skateboard from the study of magazines specialized in this activity published during the 1970s and 1980s. We conclude that the city, represented by skateboarders as a paradise of endless possibilities for fun, ended up being transformed not only by the skater’s transfigurative look, which lent it new meanings and functions, but it ended up itself changing to discipline their "rebellious" children whcih its urbanization process helped create.
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