Parkour, The Affective Appropriation of Urban Space, and the Real/Virtual Dialectic

  title={Parkour, The Affective Appropriation of Urban Space, and the Real/Virtual Dialectic},
  author={Jeffrey L Kidder},
  journal={City \& Community},
  pages={229 - 253}
Parkour is a new sport based on athletically and artistically overcoming urban obstacles. In this paper, I argue that the real world practices of parkour are dialectically intertwined with the virtual worlds made possible by information and communication technologies. My analysis of parkour underscores how globalized ideas and images available through the Internet and other media can be put into practice within specific locales. Practitioners of parkour, therefore, engage their immediate… 

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