Subaltern Heritage and Leisure: The Southbank Skatepark

Sport Heritage Review

Heritage is one of those processes that is normally top-down.  In other words, what “the heritage” is often comes from the social, cultural, or political elite who prescribe what is/is not worthy of protection, conservation, funding.  However, in the past generation or so, there have been wider forms of representation of heritage – some of which have come from oppositional groups.  In other words, heritage can be a process by which meaning can be enforced on a group, but heritage can also be used as a form of resistance to these meanings.  Sometimes this binary exists – the elite forcing their views on the masses, and the masses resisting by creating and enshrining their own heritage – though, recently, it seems how (and who) uses heritage and for what ends doesn’t necessarily follow this script.

Which leads me to the curious case of the Southbank Skatepark.  If you have every…

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