Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Styles and Artwork of Skateboarding
Author(s):Courtney Scott
Fall 2009
KIN 199
Issue Date:2009
Course / Semester:This course, a First Year Discovery Program and Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI), has two major interrelated aims: (1) The course introduces students to cultural ethnographic method/theory and criticism related to the study of contemporary sport and play. This is accomplished by sampling both older “classic” works and recent significant projects in the area of study. (2) Throughout the semester, students are engaged in group work that conducts original primary research/ fieldwork/ethnography centered on skateboarding and the University of Illinois community. The work of the semester is not so much on a final “polished” ethnography, but rather an ongoing reflection on issues such as: What are the key terms, questions, data, and significance of my unique project? Is sport a unique cultural formation? What about the anthropology of skateboarding and skateboard culture? What links can be made between my work and others' ideas/experiences? How can I make a difference with my project? What conflicts, issues, etc. may begin to reach resolution through the contribution of my work? In what genres/forms can we communicate the above to others?
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-18

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