by Magnus Kolind & Lars Domino Østergaard
Vol. 12 2021, pages 183–213
Published December 13, 2021
What happens when street sports are organized away from the street? Consequences of the greater organization for street sports as movement and culture phenomenon
In Demark, lifestyle sports as parkour, skateboarding and street basketball are as street sports characterized as self-organized activities with an alternative movement practice, which are performed in city spaces at street level, and often is related with a specific cultural practice. Due to an enhanced interest in street sports during the last decades, these types of activities are becoming more organized and have been moved from the city spaces into more formalized in-door facilities. To gain insight in the development of street sports and what impact this development have had for the sport, this qualitative multi case study investigates the consequences of the greater organization for street sports as movement and culture phenomenon.
With inspiration in a narrative approach, the data is collected through individual semi-structured interviews with six street sports organizations: Concrete Culture, GAME, House of Concrete, Street Movement, The Boss and The National Platform for Street Sports. Based on the development in organization of street sports, this study has identified determinants, which have consequences for street sports as movement and culture phenomenon, including consequences for the original culture and values of street sports. Despite the greater organization, street sports in Denmark are not necessarily in a locked and stagnated position. Therefore, based upon discussion of our findings, street sports have not been organized away from the street, but are still a dynamic and developing phenomenon, which from a street perspective can influence the development and help create innovation in greater organized communities and organizations.
About the Authors
MAGNUS KOLIND has a master’s degree in Sports Science from Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University. Researching lifestyle and street sports, and cultural analysis of sports, his primarily research interest includes new tendencies in street sports and sports clubs, including how a sports culture can create and develop social communities. He has experiences of street sports as street basketball player and volunteer, instructor, team leader and project coordinator in sports clubs, DGI and GAME.