Engagement and influence in local policy decisions: An examination of the enabling factors in the negotiations of a youth skateboard community

McCormack, Fiona J. and Clayton, Ben (2017) Engagement and influence in local policy decisions: An examination of the enabling factors in the negotiations of a youth skateboard community. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (1). pp. 41-54. ISSN 1940-6940

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Abstract

This study examines the opportunities for and barriers to the inclusion and influence of young people in local recreation policy. Central to the analysis is the relative importance of young peoples’ cultural and social capital and the identity and place of lifestyle sport for empowerment by community stakeholders. The policy responses to and the opportunities for young people to influence the spaces for their sports are considered using a case study of the experiences of a group of young people in their interactions with their local council to ensure provision for their skateboard community. We present the notes, conversations and celebrations of these young people in their journey to challenge the conventional use of the small community park and to promote local investment in a place that more closely reflected their needs. We conclude with observations regarding the capacity of young skateboarders to effectively influence and identify the factors that empower them to contribute at a policy level.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Skateboarding, young people, social capital, sport policy: lifestyle sports
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: Ms Jackie McPeak
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 08:56
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15505

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