Ruin porn and the obsession with decay

Siobhan Lyons (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

Abstract

This collection is the first book to comprehensively analyse the relatively new and under-researched phenomenon of ‘ruin porn’. Featuring a diverse collection of chapters, the authors in this work examine the relevance of contemporary ruin and its relationship to photography, media, architecture, culture, history, economics and politics. This work investigates the often ambiguous relationship that society has with contemporary ruins around the world, challenging the notions of authenticity that are frequently associated with images of decay. With case studies that discuss various places and topics, including Detroit, Chernobyl, Pitcairn Island, post-apocalyptic media, online communities and urban explorers, among many other topics, this collection illustrates the nuances of ruin porn that are fundamental to an understanding of humanity’s place in the overarching narrative of history.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages237
ISBN (Electronic)9783319933900
ISBN (Print)9783319933894
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Ruins, Modern
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Global/International Culture
  • Urban Studies/Sociology
  • Media and Communication
  • Cultural Theory

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