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Squatting; a cross cultural history. Plus taking ones clothes off in public.

Laurie Taylor discusses a cross-cultural history of alternative forms of housing. Also, a new study that analyses the phenomenon of public disrobement.

Squatting: Laurie Taylor discusses the first popular history of squatting in Europe and North America. Alexander Vasudevan, Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, drew on extensive archival research to retrace alternative forms of housing from Copenhagen's Christiana 'Free Town' to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He's joined by Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex

Also: 'Streaking', 'mooning' and 'flashing'. Barbara Brownie, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Hertfordshire, explores the many meanings of public disrobement, from the playful to the criminal.

Producer: Alice Bloch.

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28 minutes

Squatting - 'Streaking'


Dr Barbara Brownie at the University of Hertfordshire

Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock at the University of Sussex

Prof Alexander Vasudevan at the University of Oxford


Barbara Brownie 'Acts of Undressing: Politics, Eroticism and Discarded Clothing' (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

Lucy Finchett-Maddock 'Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance' (Routledge, 2016).

Alexander Vasudevan 'The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting' (Forthcoming, Verso, 4 April 2017).





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