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Publication Date

Spring 2016

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Nepal: Development and Social Change


Since its inception less than a century ago skateboarding has epitomized youth counter culture. In recent years, this fringe sport has emerged in urban Nepal. Through in depth interviews with members of the skateboarding community and supplemental observational research, this study attempts to illuminate how social identity is realized for the skateboard community and how that conceptualization fits within the larger Nepali society. The following research suggests that skateboarding needs to overcome key economic limitations to truly become a cultural more in society.


Arts and Humanities | Civic and Community Engagement | Critical and Cultural Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology of Culture


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