“Shallow excavation, a response to Bunkerology” by Bradley L. Garrett

Bradley L. Garrett responds to a piece entitled ‘Bunkerology’ by Luke Bennett which appeared in the print journal. Luke’s paper is open access for a limited time. Bennett replies here. One of the aims of this blog is to provide a forum for further debates like this, debates that the limits of the printed journal format generally preclude. This dialogue was coordinated by co-editor Deborah Cowen.

Shallow excavation, a response to Bunkerology – a case study in the theory and practice of urban exploration

In volume 29 of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Luke Bennett posits a potentially fascinating formulation he calls “bunkerology”, in which he discuses budding interests in subterranean space in the United Kingdom. In the article, Bennett ties together disparate underground enthusiast groups under a broad banner of “urban exploration”, using a system of 1500 UK Cold War bunkers (Royal Ordinance Corps or ROC posts) as his case study grouping. However, as a researcher who has spent the past three years doing ethnographic work with the urban exploration community in the UK, I found the author’s fictional bunkerology construction a troublingly simplistic reification. These are a few short comments in response to Bennett.

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7 thoughts on ““Shallow excavation, a response to Bunkerology” by Bradley L. Garrett

  1. […] Interviews with Authors ← “Shallow excavation, a response to Bunkerology” by Bradley L. Garrett […]

  2. […] at the Society and Space blog, Bradley L. Garrett engages with Luke Bennett’s paper ‘Bunkerology’ in the current issue of the journal. […]

  3. […] 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 […]

  4. […] open access 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. […] on ‘Bunkerology‘ which Elden has also 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 […]

  6. […] field of research. Within the handful of academic papers published, many are responses and rebuttals to each other. The healthy, and sometimes fiery, debate between those who are defining this […]

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