Discussions of street culture exist in a variety of academic disciplines, yet a handbook that brings together the diversity of scholarship on this subject has yet to be produced. The Routledge Handbook of Street Culture integrates and reviews current scholarship regarding the history, types, and contexts of the concept of street culture. It is comprehensive and international in its treatment of the subject of street culture. Street culture includes many subtypes, situations, locations, and participants, and these are explored in the various chapters included in this book. Street culture varies based on numerous factors including capitalism, market societies, policing, ethnicity, and race but also advances in technology. The book is divided into four major sections: Actors and street culture, Activities connected to street culture, The centrality of crime to street culture, and Representations of street culture. Contributors are well respected and recognized international scholars in their fields. They draw upon contemporary scholarship produced in the social sciences, arts, and humanities in order to communicate their understanding of street culture. The book provides a comprehensive and accessible approach to the subject of street culture through the lens of an inter- and/or multidisciplinary perspective. It is also intersectional in its approach and consideration of the subject and phenomenon of street culture.

chapter |7 pages


Disentangling street culture

part I|62 pages

Actors and street culture

chapter 2|13 pages

Currando las margenes

Roma Street culture

chapter 3|10 pages

Street performers and street culture

chapter 5|12 pages

Youth street cultures

Between online and offline circuits

part II|134 pages

Activities connected to street culture

chapter 7|14 pages

From graffiti to gallery

The street art phenomenon

chapter 8|10 pages

Taxi driving and street culture

Acquiring and utilizing street knowledge

chapter 9|12 pages

Skateboarding and street culture

chapter 10|11 pages

Parkour and street culture

Conviviality, law and the negotiation of urban space

chapter 11|10 pages

Mobilising street culture

Understanding the implications of the shift from lifestyle bike messengers to gig economy workers

chapter 13|11 pages

Private uses make public spaces

Street vending in Ho Chi Minh City and Rome

chapter 14|13 pages

Street scavengers and street culture

part III|64 pages

The centrality of crime to street culture

chapter 17|10 pages

Street culture and street crime

The enduring and unequivocal link 1

chapter 18|10 pages

The code of the street

Causes and consequences

part IV|99 pages

Representations of street culture

chapter 23|12 pages

The relationship between popular culture and street culture

A case study of Baltimore

chapter 25|15 pages

On the street

Photography and the city

chapter 26|13 pages

Street styles serenade

Urban street styles emerging from music scenes

chapter 27|12 pages

Reinventing luxury in the streets

An assemblage view of the relationship between luxury brands and street culture

chapter 29|11 pages

Street food and placemaking

A cultural review of urban practices

chapter 30|11 pages

Digital streets, internet banging, and cybercrimes

Street culture in a digitized world