The Art of Living Sideways

Skateboarding, Peace and Elicitive Conflict Transformation

  • Sophie Friedel

Part of the Masters of Peace book series (MAPEAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 13-23
  3. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 25-44
  4. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 45-53
  5. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 55-77
  6. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 79-102
  7. Sophie Friedel
    Pages 103-106
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 107-118

About this book


Sophie Friedel explores the action of skateboarding in her book as a way to escape cycles of despair, not only in war torn environments and regions affected by poverty. The author critically reflects on her involvements of teaching skateboarding in Afghanistan within the context of youth empowerment and peace work. By way of personal experiences, Friedel illustrates how skateboarding can be understood as an elicitive approach to peace work and conflict transformation that unfolds the extraordinary human potential inherent to all of us.




·         Transrational Peace Research

·         The Aesthetics of Transrational Peace Philosophy

·         Kabul, Peace and Skateboarding

·         Sport for Development & Peace: A Space for Peace Work?

·         Humanistic Roots, Embodiment and Transformation

·         Thoughts on Working with Peace in the Early 21st Century


Target Groups

·         Lecturers and Students in Social Science and Physical Culture Studies, Peace Students and Conflict Transformation Researchers

·         Practitioners from the field of Sport for Development and Peace, Psychotherapists, Skateboarders


The Author


Sophie Friedel is a peace and conflict researcher from the MA Program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She has travelled through Europe, Afghanistan and Costa Rica to teach skateboarding and is currently training to become a Psychotherapist.


Peace Work Peace and Conflict transformation Skateboarding Sport for Development and Peace Transrational Peace Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Sophie Friedel
    • 1
  1. 1.ViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-08954-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-08955-9
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