Alternative Spatial Styles: An Exploration of Socio-Spatial Youth Cultures in Turin

  • Raffaella Ferrero CamolettoEmail author
  • Carlo Genova


Whereas studies on subcultural styles have mainly focused on objects, actions, attitudes and language, this chapter explores how the use of urban space represents a constitutive and distinctive dimension of some youth cultures. The main interpretive perspective is that a shift is potentially occurring from a “spatialisation of styles” to a “stylisation of space”, from youth cultures using urban space as a necessary context in which their activities are performed and staged to gain visibility and recognition to youth cultures actively interacting—both symbolically and materially—with (and not only within) urban space as a key element of their style’s construction. Empirically, the chapter draws on comparative research conducted in Turin on skateboarding, parkour, graffiti writing and squatting.


Style Youth culture Parkour Skateboarding Graffiti Squatting Urban space Turin 


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  1. 1.Department of Cultures, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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