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From Hell to Whitechapel: hauntology, crime and the construction of place.

From Hell to Whitechapel: hauntology, crime and the construction of place.

Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 (2016) From Hell to Whitechapel: hauntology, crime and the construction of place. In: American Society of Criminology Conference: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16-19 November 2016, New Orleans Hilton, New Orleans, LA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using Derrida’s notion of hauntology, this paper will examine the role that crime plays in the construction of place. Drawing upon examples from disciplinary soundscapes to occult/ed places, from the visual arts to the development of fictional detectives, this paper will explore how crime ‘haunts’ urban space. Using the East End of London as a backdrop, we attempt to move beyond this as a subject of psychogeographical flâneurie. Rather, we will explore how the layers of this palimpsest accrete in the spatial practice of Whitechapel, as well as the representational spaces of the dark tourist and the reader of From Hell. We see how contemporary ‘urban monstrosity’, derived from Gothic and uncanny tropes, seeps into the interstices and into the practices of everyday city life.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crime and space, hauntology, uncanny
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Law & Criminology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 12:18
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26544

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