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Brian Baker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069048

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.001.0001

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Introduction: maps of the London Underground

Introduction: maps of the London Underground

(p.1) Introduction: maps of the London Underground
Iain Sinclair

Brian Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces Iain Sinclair, who is a good example of the figure of the visionary outsider, and the author of known works such as Edge of the Orison and Lud Heat. It first presents a general description of Sinclair and his works, and then turns to his change of focus that corresponds to what has been called as the ‘spatial turn’ in social and critical theory. It shows that walking is Sinclair's practice of studying the spatial configurations modern life. Here, the chapter focuses on flâneur and the practice of ‘tactical’ walking.

Keywords:   Iain Sinclair, visionary outsider, spatial turn, critical theory, spatial configurations, flâneur, tactical walking

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