Not Everyone Has (the) Balls: Urban Exploration and the Persistence of Masculinist Geography
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd.
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 229–245, January 2014
How to Cite
Mott, C. and Roberts, S. M. (2014), Not Everyone Has (the) Balls: Urban Exploration and the Persistence of Masculinist Geography. Antipode, 46: 229–245. doi: 10.1111/anti.12033
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 22 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 24 JUL 2012
- urban exploration;
In geographic scholarship, urban exploration (urbex) has been examined as an embodied practice with radical potential for re-appropriating urban spaces. However, geographic literature on urban exploration has largely ignored the particular qualities of the urban explorer as a subject and neglected feminist scholarship on embodiment and social difference. Based on our examination of both popular and academic treatments of urbex we identify a prevalent and largely unacknowledged culture of masculinism. We ask: Whose bodies explore? What counts as experience? What constitutes the exchange between body and place? And, with what effects? Addressing these questions permits considerations of exclusions and marginalizations left unaddressed in much geographic literature on urbex.