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Skate life: re-imagining white masculinity

Skate life: re-imagining white masculinity

Yochim, Emily Chivers

Skate Life examines how young male skateboarders use skate culture media in the production of their identities. Emily Chivers Yochim offers a comprehensive ethnographic analysis of an Ann Arbor, Michigan, skateboarding community, situating it within a larger historical examination of skateboarding's portrayal in mainstream media and a critique of mainstream, niche, and locally produced media texts (such as, for example, Jackass, Viva La Bam, and Dogtown and Z-Boys). The book uses these elements to argue that adolescent boys can both critique dominant norms of masculinity and maintain the power that white heterosexual masculinity offers. Additionally, Yochim uses these analyses to introduce the notion of "corresponding cultures," conceptualizing the ways in which media audiences both argue with and incorporate mediated images into their own ideas about identity. In a strong combination of anthropological and media studies approaches, Skate Life asks important questions of the literature on youth and provides new ways of assessing how young people create their identities

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press 2010

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Statement of responsibility: Emily Chivers Yochim
ISBN: 0472900455, 9780472070800, 9780472900459
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 225 pages) : illustrations.
Series: Technologies of the imagination
Subject: Skateboarding Social aspects.; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies; Masculinity in sports.; Skateboarder; Individualismus; United States.; Men, White United States Attitudes.; USA.; Nonkonformismus
Series Title: Technologies of the imagination.
Award: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Outstanding Book Award, 2011.


  1. Introduction: Regarding Skate Life
  2. "The mix of sunshine and rebellion is really intoxicating": American Mythologies, Rebellious Boys, and the Multiple Appeals of Skateboarding's Corresponding Culture, 1950-2006
  3. "Freedom on four wheels": Individuality, Self-Expression, and Authentic Masculinity in a Skateboarding Community
  4. "Why is it the things that make you a man tend to be such dumb things to do?": Never-Ending Adolescence and the (De)stabilization of White Masculine Power on MTV
  5. "It's just what's possible": Imagining Alternative Masculinities and Performing White Male Dominance in Niche Skateboarding Videos
  6. "You do it together, and everyone just does it in their own way": Corresponding Cultures and (Anti)patriarchal Masculinity.