Participation in the risk-taking occupation of Skateboarding

Christine Haines, Theresa Marie Smith, Mary E. Baxter

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The purpose of this ethnographic study is to describe the values, behaviors, and beliefs of skateboarders in order to understand the meaning and identity derived from the occupation as well as cultural influences on attitudes toward injury. In-depth interviews were conducted with seven active skateboarders. Analysis of the data led to the development of a chronology of participation in the risktaking occupation of skateboarding. Results of this study illustrate that achieving one's best and the core value of freedom in the skateboarding subculture outweigh the risk of injury inherent to participation in the occupation. Skateboarders accept injury as an attribute of the occupation they practice and reinforce this acceptance on a social level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Ethnography
  • Learning
  • Risk-taking occupation
  • Skateboarding subculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Haines, C., Smith, T. M., & Baxter, M. E. (2010). Participation in the risk-taking occupation of Skateboarding. Journal of Occupational Science, 17(4), 239-245.