“Take Nothing but Photos and Leave Nothing but Footprints” (The Tale of a Rooftopper)

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Title “Take Nothing but Photos and Leave Nothing but Footprints” (The Tale of a Rooftopper)
Creator Kurniawan, Yusuf
Subject rooftooping, social media fame, urban climbing, urban explorer, urban exploration
Description Urban exploration provides cultural studies researchers with a massive landscape of exploration site. Urban climbing or known as rooftopping is one of the worldwide phenomena performed by urban explorers and usually intended for social media fame. This extreme outdoor activity appeals to many young people although it is life-threatening. Previous research reveals that the number of new rooftoppers kept increasing and many rooftoppers cannot resist rooftopping despite the harsh punishments and heavy sanctions. This article examines the primary motives and principles of a professional Swiss rooftopper who has performed rooftopping for years in several countries. The data were collected through in-depth exclusive interview through WhatsApp text message, voice notes and audio call. Hermeneutics theory by Wilhelm Dilthey is employed to understand how he narrates his rooftopping experiences. Surprisingly, the study reveals that social media fame is not the primary goal but stunning cityscape photos and the ultimate freedom. 
Publisher Pusat Kajian Humaniora FBS Universitas Negeri Padang
Date 2020-11-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://ejournal.unp.ac.id/index.php/humanus/article/view/109947
Source Humanus; Vol 19, No 2 (2020); 206-216
HUMANUS; Vol 19, No 2 (2020); 206-216
Language eng
Relation http://ejournal.unp.ac.id/index.php/humanus/article/view/109947/pdf
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