Skateboarding and Religion

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9783030248574
ISBN (Print)9783030248567
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019

Bibliographical note

The book also draws on research funded by a faculty seed grant from Lingnan University, and a Social Sciences faculty research grant on ethnicity and gender in Hong Kong skateboarding


  • lifestyle sport
  • iconography
  • ritual
  • pilgrimage
  • ethics
  • sacred texts


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