‘Exploring the bunker’ – a response by Luke Bennett to ‘Shallow Excavation’

Luke Bennett’s responds to Bradley L. Garrett’s critique of his paper  ‘Bunkerology’ which appeared in the print journal. Luke’s paper is open access for a limited time.

Exploring the bunker – a response to ‘Shallow Excavation’

Garrett offers an alternative reading of ‘urban exploration’. He contrasts my “virtual” study with the extended period of participant observation entailed in his three year study of urban exploration, and its “diverse and multifaceted community”.  Garrett implies that only such long term immersion can reveal the full colour and polyphony of this community.

I agree that my article (Bennett 2011a) and the study described in it cannot be taken as the ‘last word’ on interpreting urban exploration.  But surely a variety of investigations and methods are warranted here. 

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6 thoughts on “‘Exploring the bunker’ – a response by Luke Bennett to ‘Shallow Excavation’

  1. […] Interviews with Authors ← Ratko Mladić: Haematological Narratives of Violence Exploring the bunker – a response by Luke Bennett to ‘Shallow Excavation’ → […]

  2. […] In a more academic context, a few weeks ago Luke Bennett published an article in Environment & Planning D: Society and Space entitled Bunkerology – a case study in the theory and practice of urban exploration (apologies for the document being in academic quarantine, email me if you would like a copy to review). Stuart Elden and Deborah Cowen were kind enough to allow me to respond to the article on the Society and Space blog. That response can be found here. Bennett then replies in an excellent post which is here. […]

  3. […] Luke Bennett’s paper ‘Bunkerology’ in the current issue of the journal. Bennett replies. We’ve made the ‘Bunkerology’ paper open access for a limited […]

  4. […] for a limited time. This paper links to an earlier discussion on this site between Garrett and Luke Bennett on Bennett’s June 2011 paper ‘Bunkerology‘ (also currently open access). […]

  5. […] made open access for the next thirty days. I then wrote a response to Bennett’s paper and he replied. These debates are worth reading in the context of my new paper, as they tell a drastically […]

  6. […] Bennett L, (2011) “Bunkerology—a case study in the theory and practice of urban exploration” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol 29 No 3, pp. 421-434. See also the exchange between Bennett and Garrett on the http://www.societyandspace.com open site: http://societyandspace.com/2011/06/10/shallow-excavation-a-response-to-bunkerology-by-bradley-l-garrett/ and http://societyandspace.com/2011/06/10/exploring-the-bunker-a-response-by-luke-bennett-to-%e2%80%98sh… […]

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