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Parkour, graffiti, and the politics of (in)visibility in aestheticised cityscapes.

De Martini Ugolotti, N. and Genova, C., 2023. Parkour, graffiti, and the politics of (in)visibility in aestheticised cityscapes. Space and Culture: the journal. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/12063312231155356


In the last decades urban scholars have discussed at length how the production of aesthetically pleasing and consumption-enticing cityscapes has become the core of post-industrial urban economies. Critical analyses have underlined how the “dictatorship of the visual” (Brouderhoux, 2015) characterizing these urban processes implies the expulsion from public life of “unacceptable” differences and conflicts within. While fundamental, these perspectives have not fully engaged with a variety of urban practices and groups that are simultaneously addressed by urban leaderships as visible assets and threats for image-based re-development processes. Drawing on two ethnographic studies in Turin and Bologna, Italy, this paper contributes to address this gap by focusing on parkour and graffiti's ambiguous and controversial positions in these re-branding cities. By addressing how traceurs and writers reconciled and negotiated their positioning within image-led urban redevelopment processes, this paper expands existing discussions on the nexus between (in)visibility, publicness, embodied geographies and aestheticised cityscapes

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Parkour; Graffiti; urban regeneration; visibility/invisibility; embodied spaces
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38219
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Mar 2023 16:05
Last Modified:17 Mar 2023 16:05


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