Authenticity and struggle:Historicising skateboarding as 'action art' on London's South Bank

Snelson, Tim ORCID:, Webb, David, Pollyanna, Ruiz and Madgin, Rebecca (2022) Authenticity and struggle:Historicising skateboarding as 'action art' on London's South Bank. In: Theorizing Heritage through Non-Violent Resistance. Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict . Palgrave Macmillan, 91–115. ISBN 978-3-030-77707-4

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The existence of an authentic relationship with the past may intensify emotional and experiential attachments to a place and justify claims on its future. Yet established framings of authenticity tend to abstract and universalise, potentially leading to an overly comfortable sense of what does and does not count as authentic. This chapter attends instead to the crafting through struggle of a situated sense of authenticity, developed through dialogue with elements of a constructed past. Assemblage theories are used to attend to both relations of interiority and relations of exteriority in this process of emergence. Empirical support is provided by a detailed exploration of the struggle to save the undercroft skateboarding spot on London’s south bank. The chapter concludes with some thoughts on what heritage practitioners might gain from attending to authenticity as fluid, situated and emergent.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: history,archaeology,arts and humanities (miscellaneous),cultural studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-77708-1_5

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