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Title: YOUTH SKATING IN SINGAPORE – MOBILITIES, IDENTITIES AND AGENCY
Authors: ESTHER KOH HUI MIN
Keywords: youth, urban mobilities, identity formation, agency, Singapore
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: ESTHER KOH HUI MIN (2017). YOUTH SKATING IN SINGAPORE – MOBILITIES, IDENTITIES AND AGENCY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Youth interact with and use the city differently from their ‘adult’ counterparts, adding to diverse and heterogeneous city life. This thesis focuses on ‘youth’ skaters (i.e. 15 to 35 years old) and their urban mobile geographies in Singapore. I speak back to existing Western-centric research on youth skating in cities, offering perspectives from the Asian city of Singapore. Drawing from the interconnected concepts (and practices) of youth mobilities, identity formation and agency, I exemplify the dynamic coconstituting relationship of youth skaters and the city. Semi-structured interviews, participant observation and Internet resources were methods used to facilitate a better understanding of youth skaters’ diverse experiences. My research aims to address three research questions: first, why youth skate, second, how they perform their identities through skating in the city, and third, how they negotiate spaces and time to skate. Thus, I elucidate that first, youth skate for three main reasons. Second, the multiplicity of social identities – gender, age and race – affect youth skaters’ mobilities differently. I posit the notion of an alternative shared ‘skate’ identity, one which transcends other markers of difference. Third, youth skaters possess agency and exert their right to the city. Through examining youth strategies of resilience, reworking and resistance, I advance that youth mobilities are connected – facilitated by virtual technologies and enacted in physical spaces. Thus, I demonstrate youth’s abilities to be inventive and resourceful in their everyday lives. Ultimately, my research hopes to shed light on youth’s active presence within Singapore, and reveal how their identities and spaces are made through geographical mobile practices of skating.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143859
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