Playful Cultures and the Appropriation of Urban Space

  • Garry CrawfordEmail author
  • David Hancock
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


This chapter considers the role of place and space as significant for both cosplayers and for artists alike. Here, we consider the playful use and appropriation of space, and how cosplayers see and draw on urban spaces and objects. The chapter argues that a useful way of understanding cosplay is to consider the relationship between play and culture. In particular, here we set out a consideration of how cosplayers transform social spaces through the use of process of synecdoche and asyndeton, which link together and edit out parts of the built environment—or what we term ‘urban poaching’.


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  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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