Paris-Amsterdam Underground

Essays on Cultural Resistance, Subversion, and Diversion

Edited by Christoph Lindner and Andrew Hussey

Paris-Amsterdam Underground
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Edited by Christoph Lindner and Andrew Hussey

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

200 pages | 22 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9789089645050 Published June 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The postwar histories of Paris and Amsterdam have been significantly defined by the notion of the “underground” as both a material and metaphorical space. Examining the underground traffic between the two cities, this book interrogates the countercultural histories of Paris and Amsterdam in the mid to late-twentieth century. Shuttling between Paris and Amsterdam, as well as between postwar avant-gardism and twenty-first century global urbanism, this interdisciplinary book seeks to create a mirroring effect over the notion of the underground as a driving force in the making of the contemporary European city.




David Pinder

1. Concepts and Practices of the Underground

Christoph Lindner and Andrew Hussey

Part 1: Projections

2. Metromania or the Undersides of Painting

Sophie Berrebi

3. Mapping Utopia: Debord and Constant between Amsterdam and Paris

Andrew Hussey

4. Amsterdam’s Sexual Underground in the 1960s

Gert Hekma

Part 2: Mobility

5. Detours, Delays, Derailments: La Petite Jérusalem and

Slow Training in Culture

Sudeep Dasgupta

6. Underground Visions: Strategies of Resistance along

the Amsterdam Metro Lines

Ginette Verstraete

7. Underground Circulation: The Beats in Paris and Beyond

Allen Hibbard


Part 3: Visibility

8. (In)audible Frequencies: Sounding out the Contemporary Branded City

Carolyn Birdsall

9. Red Lights and Legitimate Trade: Paying for Sex in the Branded City

Joyce Goggin

10. Visibly Underground: When Clandestine Workers Take the Law

into Their Own Hands

Anna-Louise Milne

11. Archaeology of the Parisian Underground

Stephen W. Sawyer





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