Geographies of Hanging Out: Playing, Dwelling and Thinking with the City

  • Noora PyyryEmail author
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In this paper, I approach thinking as something that takes place in playful encounters with the city: it is then always connected to doing. New reflection emerges in everyday action with everything that comes together in a given event. This understanding is based on a posthuman acknowledgement of the capacity of the material world to produce effects in human bodies: urban spaces take part in the event of hanging out, that is, they can make things happen. I focus my discussion on the possibilities for experimentation that hanging out in the city opens up. Because hanging out is wonderfully aimless, time and space is cleared for dwelling with the city, and then re-cognizing the world. To deliver my argument, I illustrate vignettes from a study on young people’s hanging out in San Francisco. By presenting the concept of hanging-out-knowing, I draw attention to the importance of young people having the time and space to be with their peers without strict plans and schedules.


Dwelling Enchantment Hanging out Hanging-out-knowing Learning Thinking Rights Urban space Young people 



This work has been funded by the Kone Foundation, Finland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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