Urban exploration as deviant leisure

Wonderful post by the good folks over at Deviant Leisure. Very much in line with my own research.

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By Theo Kindynis (University of Greenwich)

Under London, an urban explorer is dwarfed by the massive Lee Tunnel “super sewer” construction, the deepest and largest tunnel ever built under the city. Photo: Theo Kindynis. Under London, an urban explorer is dwarfed by the massive Lee Tunnel “super sewer” construction, the deepest and largest tunnel ever built under the city. Photo: Theo Kindynis.

Recreational trespass, or as it has become known in recent years, “urban exploration” (often abbreviated as UrbEx or UE) is the practice of illicitly gaining access to forbidden, forgotten or otherwise off-limits places, ‘simply for the joy of doing so’ and / or in order to document them photographically (Garrett, 2013: 21). Such places typically include: derelict industrial sites, closed hospitals or asylums, abandoned military installations, construction sites and cranes, sewer and storm drain networks, subterranean utility tunnels and rapid transit (metro) systems – the list goes on. In the past two decades, and particularly since the mid-2000s, an emergent global subculture has coalesced around this activity, facilitated by the Internet and online discussion forums such…

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One comment

  1. Hi,

    My colleague Oliver Smith forwarded me your message and comment on our deviant leisure blog. Glad you like the work! I’ve recently conducted an extensive ethnography of parkour from the theoretical framework of deviant leisure and in the process of writing up/publishing. I think the blog is fascinating, especially your use of comic strips for ethnographic purposes. Very interesting stuff. Drop me an email at thomas.raymen@plymouth.ac.uk to chat more!

    Cheers,

    Tom Raymen

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