Skateboarding Studies Bibliography


I would like to use this page to share my growing bibliography on Skateboarding Culture and Skateboarding Studies. I will update the following bibliography with my on-going research. If you have suggestions for additions and must-read sources, please email me at jellis at


Borden, Iain. Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History. 2nd ed., Bloomsbury, 2019.

Brooke, Michael. The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding. Warwick Publishing, 1999.

Butz, Konstatin. Grinding California: Culture and Corporeality in American Skate Punk. Transcript Verlag, 2012.

Butz, Konstantin and Christian Peters, editors. Skateboard Studies. Koenig Books, 2018.

Cliver, Sean. Disposable: A History of Skateboard Art. Gingko Press, 2004.

Hocking, Justin, Jeff Knutson, and Jared Jacang Maher, editors. Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End. Soft Skull Press, 2004.

Marcus, Ben. The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History. MVP Books, 2011.

Essays and Book Chapters

Abd. Manan, Mohd. Shahrudin, and Chris L. Smith. “Skateboarding with Roland Barthes: Architecture, Myth and Evidence.” Journal for Cultural Research, vol. 18, no. 3, Routledge, 2014, pp. 203–15, doi:10.1080/14797585.2013.826445.

Anderson, Katie, Victoria Valente, and Alison Wicks. “Photo Essay: Skateboarding: Defying Gravity.” Journal of Occupational Science, vol. 17, no. 2, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010, pp. 125–26, doi:10.1080/14427591.2010.9686684.

Attoma-Mathews, Aaron. “When the Horizontal Goes Vertical or How Skateboarding Redefines the Urban Environment.” Streetnotes (Sacramento, Calif.) 26 (2019): 58-64.

Bäckström, Åsa, and Karen Nairn. “Skateboarding Beyond the Limits of Gender? Strategic Interventions in Sweden.” Leisure studies, vol. 37, issue 4, 2018, pp. 424–439.

Beal, Becky. “Alternative Masculinity and Its Effects on Gender Relations in the Subculture of Skateboarding.” Journal of Sport Behavior, vol. 19, no. 3, University of South Alabama, 1996, p. 204–.

Beal, Becky. “Disqualifying the Official: An Exploration of Social Resistance through the Subculture of Skateboarding.” Sociology of Sport Journal, vol. 12, no. 3, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1995, pp. 252–67, doi:10.1123/ssj.12.3.252.

Belben, Cathy. “Lonely Hanging Around Inside.” English Journal, High school edition, vol. 86, no. 4, National Council of Teachers of English, 1997, pp. 29–32, doi:10.2307/820987.

Borden, Iain. “Skateboarding.” Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, edited by Ray Hutchison, vol. 2, SAGE Reference, 2010, pp. 728-731. Gale eBooks, Accessed 5 June 2021.

Butz, Konstantin and Christian Peters. Preface. Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 8-15.

Butz, Konstantin. “Backyard Drifters: Mobility and Skate Punk in Suburban Southern California.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 88-107.

Borden, Iain. “Another Pavement, Another Beach: Skateboarding and the Performative Critique of Architecture.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 246-266.

Borden, Iain. “Skateboarding and Public Space: A Brief History of 50 Years of Change.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 18-40.

Borden, Iain. “The Spaces of Skateboarding.” Architects’ Journal, vol. 240, no. 20, Nov. 2014, pp. 56–59. EBSCOhost,

Brayton, Sean. “‘Black-Lash’: Revisiting the ‘White Negro’ Through Skateboarding.” Sociology of Sport Journal, vol. 22, no. 3, Sept. 2005, p. 356. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1123/ssj.22.3.356.

Carr, John N. “Skateboarding in Dude Space: The Roles of Space and Sport in Constructing Gender Among Adult Skateboarders.” Sociology of Sport Journal, vol. 34, no. 1, Mar. 2017, pp. 25–34. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1123/ssj.2016-0044.

Chittenden, Tara. “Illuminated Paths: Using Light to Draw the Intermovemental Stages of Skateboarding Tricks.” Drawing : Research, Theory, Practice, vol. 2, no. 1, Intellect, 2017, pp. 81–96, doi:10.1386/drtp.2.1.81_1.

Clyde, Jean Anne. “Lessons from Douglas: Expanding Our Visions of What It Means to ‘Know.’” Language Arts, vol. 71, no. 1, National Council of Teachers of English, 1994, pp. 22–33.

Creagan, Adam. “Skate and Destroy: The Stecyk Scrawl Lives On.” Thrasher, March 2010, pp. 80-81.

Determan, J., et al. “Kinetics of the Skateboarding Kick Flip.” Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 39, Elsevier Ltd, 2006, pp. S188–S188, doi:10.1016/S0021-9290(06)83671-7.

Fang, Kevin, and Susan Handy. “Skateboarding for Transportation: Exploring the Factors behind an Unconventional Mode Choice among University Skateboard Commuters.” Transportation, vol. 46, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 263–283. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s11116-017-9796-9.

Feitelberg, Rosemary. “H&M Launches Collection With Help From Black Girls Skate.” WWD: Women’s Wear Daily, May 2021, p. 11. EBSCOhost,

Fitzgerald, Michael, et al. “Leisure Activities of Adolescent Schoolchildren.” Journal of Adolescence (London, England.), vol. 18, no. 3, Elsevier Ltd, 1995, pp. 349–58, doi:10.1006/jado.1995.1024.

Freeman, Claire, and Tamara Riordan. “Locating Skateparks: The Planner’s Dilemma.” Planning, Practice & Research, vol. 17, no. 3, Taylor & Francis Group, 2002, pp. 297–316, doi:10.1080/026974502200005682.

Froschauer, Linda. “Skateboarding to Understanding.” Science and Children, vol. 49, no. 2, National Science Teachers Association, 2011, pp. 8–8.

Geertman, Stephanie, Danielle Labbe, Julie-Anne Boudreau, and Olivier Jacques. “Youth-Driven Tactics of Public Space Appropriation in Hanoi: The Case of Skateboarding and Parkour.” Pacific Affairs, vol. 89, no. 3, University of British Columbia, 2016, pp. 591–611, doi:10.5509/2016893591.

Hearne, Joanna. “‘This Is Our Playground.’” Western American Literature, vol. 49, no. 1, Spring 2014, pp. 47–69. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/wal.2014.0000.

Hellman, Annika, and Ylva Odenbring. “Playful Space Invaders: Skateboarding Intersections and Global Flows: Lekfulla Inkräktare: Intersektioner i Skateboard Och Globala Flöden.” World Leisure Journal, vol. 62, no. 1, Routledge, 2020, pp. 35–51, doi:10.1080/16078055.2019.1631881.

Hellman, Annika Amelie. “‘Skateboarding Is like Dancing’: Masculinity as a Performative Visual Culture in Art Education.” International Journal of Education through Art, vol. 12, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 327–344. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1386/eta.12.3.327_1.

Holt, Brianna. “‘I’m way older, but I’m still doing it’: Tony Hawk on his skateboarding legacy; He’s the record-breaking skateboarder who took the sport mainstream. Here he reflects on how the sport has changed, and how he feels knowing he may never do a 720 again.” Guardian [London, England], 24 May 2021, p. NA. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 5 June 2021.

Howell, Ocean. “The ‘Creative Class’ and the Gentrifying City: Skateboarding in Philadelphia’s Love Park.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 154-175.

Jarman, Mark Anthony. “Mir.” Queen’s Quarterly, vol. 103, no. 1, Queen’s Quarterly, 1996, pp. 196–202.

Jenson, Adam, Jon Swords, and Michael Jeffries. “The Accidental Youth Club: Skateboarding in Newcastle-Gateshead.” Journal of Urban Design, vol. 17, no. 3, Aug. 2012, pp. 371–388. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13574809.2012.683400.

Jones, Stanton, and Arthur Graves. “Power Plays in Public Space: Skateboard Parks as Battlegrounds, Gifts, and Expressions of Self.” Landscape Journal, vol. 19, no. 1-2, The University of Wisconsin Press, 2000, pp. 136–48, doi:10.3368/lj.19.1-2.136.

Karsten, Lia, and Eva Pel. “Skateboarders Exploring Urban Public Space: Ollies, Obstacles and Conflicts.” Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 15, no. 4, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, pp. 327–40, doi:10.1023/A:1010166007804.

Kellett, Pamm, and Roslyn Russell. “A Comparison Between Mainstream and Action Sport Industries in Australia: A Case Study of the Skateboarding Cluster.” Sport Management Review, vol. 12, no. 2, Elsevier Ltd, 2009, pp. 66–78, doi:10.1016/j.smr.2008.12.003.

Kusz, Kyle W. “The Next Progression: Centering Race and Ethnicity in Skateboarding Studies.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 66-85.

Lombard, Kara-Jane. “Skate and Create/Skate and Destroy: The Commercial and Governmental Incorporation of Skateboarding.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, Aug. 2010, pp. 475–488. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/10304310903294713.

Lowboy. “Skate and Destroy, or Multiple Choices (Something to Offend Everyone).” Thrasher, December 1982, pp. 24-29.

MacKay, Steph, and Christine Dallaire. “Skirtboarders.Com: Skateboarding Women and Self-Formation as Ethical Subjects.” Sociology of Sport Journal, vol. 30, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 173–196. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1123/ssj.30.2.173.

Marchese, David. “Tony Hawk on how skateboarding evolved with society. ‘It’s much more welcoming and progressive. I can’t believe that at my age, I’m still able to participate.’.” The New York Times Magazine, 30 May 2021, p. 11(L). Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 5 June 2021.

Mates, D., and K. R. Allison. “Sources of Stress and Coping Responses of High School Students.” Adolescence, vol. 27, no. 106, Libra Publishers, 1992, pp. 461–74.

McClain, ZáNean, E. Missy Wright, Becky Beal, and Matthew Atencio. “Adult Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Practices of Gender Inclusion in Skateboarding.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 220-243.

Meeks, Lynn Langer. “Making English Classrooms Happier Places to Learn.” English Journal, vol. 88, no. 4, National Council of Teachers of English, 1999, pp. 73–80, doi:10.2307/822424.

Moore, Linda. “An Ethnographic Study of the Skateboarding Culture.” The Sport Journal, vol. 12, no. 4, United States Sports Academy, 2009.

Moreau, Terri. “Spaces of Difference.” Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, edited by Ray Hutchison, vol. 2, SAGE Reference, 2010, pp. 756-759. Gale eBooks, Accessed 5 June 2021.

Murray, Sally-Ann. “An Academic Milling Around ‘the Mall’: (De)Constructing Cultural Knowledge.” Critical Arts, vol. 11, no. 1-2, Taylor & Francis Group, 1997, pp. 153–76, doi:10.1080/02560049785310121.

Németh, Jeremy. “Conflict, Exclusion, Relocation: Skateboarding and Public Space.” Journal of Urban Design, vol. 11, no. 3, Oct. 2006, pp. 297–318. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13574800600888343.

Newcombe, Nora, et al. “Sex Differences in Spatial Ability and Spatial Activities.” Sex Roles, vol. 9, no. 3, Mar. 1983, pp. 377–386. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/BF00289672.

Olsen, Lance. “Virtual Light.” Postmodern Culture, vol. 4, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, pp. 0–0, doi:10.1353/pmc.1994.0010.

Patrick, Helen, et al. “Adolescents’ Commitment to Developing Talent: The Role of Peers in Continuing Motivation for Sports and the Arts.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 28, no. 6, Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers, 1999, pp. 741–63, doi:10.1023/A:1021643718575.

Peters, Christian. “‘Reclaim Your City!’: Skateboarding and Do-It-Yourself Urbanism.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 200-216.

Platt, Lorne. “Rhythms of Urban Space: Skateboarding the Canyons, Plains, and Asphalt-Banked Schoolyards of Coastal Los Angeles in the 1970s.” Mobilities, vol. 13, no. 6, Dec. 2018, pp. 825–843. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/17450101.2018.1500100.

Raines, Peggy A. “Writing Portfolios: Turning the House into a Home.” English Journal, High school edition, vol. 85, no. 1, National Council of Teachers of English, 1996, pp. 41–45, doi:10.2307/821121.

Reinhart, Kai. “‘Concrete Carving on the Berlin Wall’: Skateboarding in East Germany.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 130-150.

Robinson, Neile. “Rights of Passage: Insights and Experiences from a Youth Project in a Large Shopping Mall.” Youth Studies Australia, vol. 18, no. 4, 1999, pp. 22–25.

Schäfer, Eckenhart Velten. “From Record to Ritual: Outlines of an ‘Effective History’ of Skateboarding.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 44-63.

Seifert, T., and C. Hedderson. “Intrinsic Motivation and Flow in Skateboarding: An Ethnographic Study.” Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 11, no. 3, June 2010, pp. 277–292. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10902-009-9140-y.

Shaver, Thomas. “From the Skatepark to the Classroom : The Literacies of Skateboarding.” Literacy Learning, vol. 28, no. 1, 2020, pp. 60–65.

Sheldrake, Rupert. “The Rebirth of Nature.” RSA Journal, vol. 142, no. 5447, Royal Society of Arts, 1994, pp. 46–58.

Sheridan-Rabideau, Mary P. “The Stuff That Myths Are Made of: Myth Building as Social Action.” Written Communication, vol. 18, no. 4, Sage Publications, 2001, pp. 440–69, doi:10.1177/0741088301018004002.

Shrockey, Karen. “By Any Other Name.” Hurricane Alice, vol. 9, no. 3, Hurricane Alice Foundation, 1992, p. 4.

Snyder, Gregory J. “The City and the Subculture Career: Professional Street Skateboarding in LA.” Ethnography, vol. 13, no. 3, SAGE Publications, 2012, pp. 306–29, doi:10.1177/1466138111413501.

Taysom, Sophie, and Simon Irvine. “Skateboarding, Disrupting the City.” Social Alternatives, vol. 17, no. 4, Social Alternatives, 1998, pp. 23–26.

Thatcher, Kevin J. “Talking Ed.” Thrasher, January 1981, pp. 6.

Thompson, Carol Y., Robert L. Young, and Ronald Burns. “REPRESENTING GANGS IN THE NEWS: MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS OF CRIMINAL GANGS.” Sociological Spectrum, vol. 20, no. 4, Informa UK Ltd, 2000, pp. 409–32, doi:10.1080/02732170050122620.

Todd, Harry, et al. “Neighborhood Grievances in Old Age.” Human Organization, vol. 42, no. 1, Society for Applied Anthropology, 1983, pp. 59–63, doi:10.17730/humo.42.1.kg010501x75u9235.

Tracker Peggy (Peggy Cozens). “Skate and Create.” Transworld Skateboarding, May/June 1983, pp. 13-15.

Trier, James. “Exploring the Concept of ‘Habitus’ with Preservice Teachers Through the Use of Popular School Films.” Interchange (Toronto. 1984), vol. 33, no. 3, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002, pp. 237–60, doi:10.1023/A:1020941318001.

Tsikalas, Stephen G., and Mark Allen Jones. “Creating Skateboarding Spaces or Corralling Skaters? The Rise of Public Skateparks in Rural Northeast Alabama.” Geographical Bulletin, vol. 59, no. 1, May 2018, pp. 55–69. EBSCOhost,

Tyson, Katherine. “Using the Teacher-Student Relationship to Help Children Diagnosed as Hyperactive: An Application of Intrapsychic Humanism.” Child & Youth Care Forum, vol. 29, no. 4, Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers, 2000, pp. 265–89, doi:10.1023/A:1009448814505.

Valerie J. Nelson. “Was Early Innovator of Skateboarding.” Washington Post, The, 2012 3AD. EBSCOhost,

Vivoni, Francisco. “City of Social Control: Skateboarding and the Regulation of Public Space.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 110-127.

Vivoni, Francisco. “Waxing Ledges: Built Environments, Alternative Sustainability, and the Chicago Skateboarding Scene.” Local Environment, vol. 18, no. 3, Mar. 2013, pp. 340–353. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13549839.2012.714761.

Weller, Susie. “Skateboarding Alone? Making Social Capital Discourse Relevant to Teenagers’ Lives.” Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 9, no. 5, Nov. 2006, pp. 557–574. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13676260600805705.

Woolley, Helen, and Ralph Johns. “Skateboarding: The City as a Playground.” Journal of Urban Design, vol. 6, no. 2, June 2001, pp. 211–230. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/13574800120057845.

Yochim, Emily Chivers. “‘Freedom on Four Wheels’: Neoliberal Maculinities in Skate Life.” Skateboard Studies, edited by Konstantin Butz and Christian Peters, Koenig Books, 2018, pp. 178-197.

Created 17 Mar. 2019. Last Updated 5 June 2021.