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Ruin Porn and the Obsession with Decay

Editors: Lyons, Siobhan (Ed.)

  • The first book to specifically discuss and examine the notion of Ruin Porn and its broader socio-cultural implications
  • Challenges the meaning and significance of Ruin Porn for those involved in the contemporary processes of Ruin
  • Provides specific case studies from a global set of perspectives
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Siobhan Lyons is a media lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her book Death and the Machine: Intersections of Mortality and Robotics, was published by Palgrave Pivot in 2018. She has also been published in Philosophical Approaches to the Devil (2016), Westworld and Philosophy (2018), and Understanding Nietzsche, Understanding Modernism (2018).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ruin Porn, Capitalism, and the Anthropocene

    Lyons, Siobhan

    Pages 1-10

  • Detroit Was Always Made of Wheels: Confronting Ruin Porn in Its Hometown

    Wells, Kate

    Pages 13-29

  • Gods and Monsters: A Solastalgic Examination of Detroit’s Ruins and Representation

    Gullen, Christopher T.

    Pages 31-44

  • The Bronx Isn’t Burning, Is It?: Ruin Porn and Contemporary Perceptions of The Bronx

    Donica, Joseph

    Pages 45-80

  • “Take Nothing But Photos, Leave Nothing But Footprints”: How-to Guides for Ruin Photography

    Crane, Susan A.

    Pages 83-102

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93390-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93389-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ruin Porn and the Obsession with Decay
Editors
  • Siobhan Lyons
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93390-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93390-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93389-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 237
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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