Beyond the Spectacle: The Pain and Grief Suffered by Indonesian Rooftoppers
- 10.2991/assehr.k.201219.097How to use a DOI?
- rooftopping, rooftoppers, social media fame, urban exploration
One of today’s popular urban explorations (urbex) is rooftopping, namely the craze of climbing skyscrapers, bridges, chimneys or towers wearing no harnesses for breathtaking stunt-like photos intended for social media fame. The data show that the number of victims due to rooftopping accidents cannot be underestimated. However, this cannot stop the ever-increasing number of new rooftoppers. Many people consider that rooftoppers do rooftopping for the pursuit of fame, attention, and revenues. Very little is known that certain groups of rooftoppers do rooftopping for other motivations. This paper investigates the motivations of Indonesian rooftoppers and the kinds of punishment they ever underwent. Fourteen Indonesian rooftoppers were recruited using a snowball sampling technique for this ethnographic study and Hermeneutics theory by Wilhelm Dilthey is used to analyse the data obtained from the in-depth interviews and observation. Surprisingly, this study reveals that most of the Indonesian rooftoppers are not obsessed with neither fame nor money, whereas some of them ever underwent severe punishments given by the security officers. The study concludes that the ultimate goal of most of the Indonesian rooftoppers is freedom and some of the punishments are inhumane.
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TY - CONF AU - Yusuf Kurniawan AU - Mugijatna AU - Warto AU - Wakit A. Rais PY - 2020 DA - 2020/12/21 TI - Beyond the Spectacle: The Pain and Grief Suffered by Indonesian Rooftoppers BT - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social and Political Sciences (ICOSAPS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 644 EP - 649 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201219.097 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.201219.097 ID - Kurniawan2020 ER -