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Skateboard-Scene of St.Petersburg: Practices, Meanings and Group Solidarity

Student: Polina Krutskikh

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2018

Modern sport youth cultures have a complex and multiple nature. Therefore, it comes a question – which new analytical approach could describe its’ versatility. This research uses a post-subcultural approach and the concept of cultural scenes. This approach is widely used in the context of the current Western academic debate. It helps to see how the importance of urban spaces is redefined, what key trends exist within the scene. The research also used a solidary approach to describe the special type of communication carried out between participants in the scene through shared ideas, as well as value-ideological contradictions. The key idea of the research is to show the advantages of using a solidary approach for understanding the nature of urban sports cultures and the skateboard scene of St. Petersburg as an example. Given the lack of domestic work on this topic, the study is also aimed at inscribing the experience of domestic skateboarding in the Western academic context. Keywords: post-subcultural approach, scenes, solidarity, urban youth communities, extreme sports, Olympic games, skateboarding

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