Beyond the youth culture : understanding middle-aged skateboarders through temporal capital

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Responding to the call of Wheaton to discuss the position of older participants in lifestyle sports, this research presents an analysis of the experiences of middle-aged skateboarders. Through qualitative interviews, ethnographic observation, and discourse analysis of skateboard media, skateboarding is revealed to be an integral part of the biographies and identities of middle-aged skateboarders. These accounts challenge the imaging of skateboarding as a youth culture and indicate that age and time have an important currency to skateboarders. The value of age is not confined to middle-aged skateboarders but is also observable in skateboard media which corresponds with the values held more broadly in skateboard culture. The concept of temporal capital is proposed as a way to make sense of the experiences of middle-aged skateboarders, highlighting how time is at once a path to subcultural authenticity, but also a resource to be managed and scheduled for their continued engagement in skateboarding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-943
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Issue number8
Early online date14 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • ageing
  • lifestyle sports
  • middle-age
  • skateboarding
  • subculture
  • temporal capital
  • youth culture


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