Gregory J. Snyder is Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground.
"A rigorously researched and richly rendered ethnography of
skateboarding that takes us beyond the acrobatics, lingo, and
lifestyles of its elite practitioners into the economics and
subcultural dynamics of the scene, and its forays into political
activism and sense of community. The reader's perception of skating
is flipped like the proverbial board. Far from 'skate punks, '
'pros' are elite athletes and their friends and collaborators are
engines of new-media creativity. Gregory Snyder has done it again,
producing another iconic study of a key subculture and in the
process offers nothing less than a meditation on the nature of
career, work and life."-Jonathan Ilan, Author of Understanding
Street Culture: Poverty, Crime, Youth, and Cool
"The magic by which street skateboarders execute impossible aerial tricks is wrapped in another kind of magic: their ability to transform the most mundane of urban spaces into open-air theaters of collective performance. Snyder is hip to both sorts of magic, and because he is, Skateboarding LA is a thing of beauty: urban sociology on four wheels, cultural criminology on the fly, and ethnography at its best." -Jeff Ferrell, Author of Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, an
"Snyder provides a rigorously researched account of professional street skateboarding, containing rich descriptions of how the individual--and the group, for that matter--engage in the lived experience of skateboarding in Los Angeles."-Choice