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Tunnel People [Kindle Edition]

Tuen Voeten

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"Voeten has found yet another frontier in the great American experiment—the one underground, in the tunnels of Manhattan—and deliver[s] it to us in an utterly charming and fascinating account,' says Sebastian Junger."  —Publishers Weekly

"Voeten’s book captivates readers with its compassionate portraits of the people and their surroundings, while exploring the surprisingly varied reasons why these men and women wound up living just beneath the surface of the reader’s world."  —Booklist

"Tunnel People is a social documentary project, in the tradition of Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Live and Dorothea Lange's American Exodus. It exposes us to people in straitened circumstances and advocates for their relief."  —Wall Street Journal

“Voeten is no doubt one of the most adventurous reporters in the Netherlands.”  —Vrij Nederland Magazine

"Teun Voeten has found a way to show us the tunnel people not by their statistical trademarks—drug addiction, alcoholism, crime, and AIDS—but rather through their humanity, their talents, their extraordinary attitudes of good humor and hope."  —[tk] reviews

"Voeten resists the temptation to sensationalize and romanticize the underground tunnel people. Nor is his book sentimental . . . [it is a] sober and well-written report about the mean misery underground: That makes this book so powerful."  —Volkskrant

"Tunnel People is a supreme example of participatory observation. The insider's point of view comes here to full light in a brilliant way. It is not an objective case-study, but a subjective, journalistic reportage, right to the point of an incredible, dynamic, human underworld that is nowhere being sensationalized nor romanticized by Voeten."  —Passage

"Dutch photographer and journalist Voeten documents two years of work with the men and women who lived underground in a New York City train tunnel. . . . A vivid and accessible account." —CHOICE


By the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan. A small group of them went underground. Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel systems of the city. Acclaimed war photographer Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld, where he lived for five months, meeting Vietnam veterans, macro-biotic hippies, crack addicts, cuban refugees and runaways. 13 years later, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers - now evicted - to discover what happened since they left the tunnels.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1185 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 337 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1604860707
  • Verlag: PM Press (13. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0055RSUAU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #397.611 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tunnel People 16. Oktober 2010
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Written by Dutch anthropologist/photographer Teun Voeten, Tunnel People follows the lives of several men and women living in the NYC Amtrak tunnel system in the 1990's. In contrast to most reporting on the subject, Voeten moves underground into the tunnel system, living with the people detailed in the book. The author stays in the tunnel for three separate extended stays between 1994 - 1996.

The places, rituals, and ways of living experienced by the tunnel people are explored through rich descriptions of everyday life and personal histories. The efforts and eventual success of moving people out of the tunnel into housing is witnessed by Voeten during his last stay in 1996.

A brief history of homelessness and critique of the area non-profits seeking to help the homeless is provided. Voeten also covers the experience of various police, security, and transport workers that are tasked with cleaning up the underground havens.

The book ends with Voeten returning to New York in September 2009 to visit with those covered during the 1994-1996 era. This last section offers suitable closure with Voeten reconnecting with those successful after being forced from the tunnel. Overall an interesting read that naturally explores the lives of the tunnel people with just a sprinkling of critique on the plight of those covered.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tuen Voeten's account of tunnel life is authentic because he dared to live the life 1. Oktober 2010
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Tuen Voeten's account of tunnel life is authentic because Tuen dared to live the life. His story isn't exaggerated, nor is it a superficial report driven by a deadline. Tunnel People is the historical account of underground life in the 90's around the time of Amtrak's efforts to rid the "Freedom Tunnel" of it's residents and the train company's efforts to house the homeless with the help of the NGO Project Renewal. More important it is a fascinating up close view of a group of often unnoticed people living on the fringes of conventional society. Tuen followed the tunnel dwellers learning how they found and earned money for their needs, and how they managed to made themselves comfortable in the dark shadows of the underground. He shared in their everyday lives, listening to their hopes, frustrations,dreams and despairs. Ultimately Mr. Voeten, the anthropologist and war photographer writes about a group of fascinating damaged and fragile people, and their surprising strength, resilience and determination.
Andrea Star Reese, a photojournalist familiar with the tunnel
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tunnel People: the whole picture by Teun Voeten 13. November 2010
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There are other books on the subject but this is the real deal. Mr. Voeten is a professional photographer, but he's also a learned anthropologist and crazy enough to go deep and get close to the people he's writing about. Otherwise invisible, living in the tunnels below Manhattan, they lived, and so he went and lived among them, then came back to take us on a guided tour. At the intersection of history and humanity, Tunnel People transports us to the under belly of Manhattan in 1995, and forces us to confront New Yorkers who frankly didn't make it here, maybe didn't even try, just went underground, individually, or together... and lo and behold found a community. It's an oddly charming account, even more so in 2010 where most of what real New Yorkers know about New York and it's characters have been scrubbed, destroyed or shipped away. Mr. Voeten's book is important in context of NYC history as well urban psychology. I imagine Urban Planning professor drooling over the real insights and stories in this book and assigning it to students but the truth is, it's requisite reading for anyone who has ever lived, worked, visited, or cares about New York City...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tunnel People 13. November 2010
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Tuen Voten's book is a must read for anyone interested in NYC. He shines a bright on a very dark place in the city, a place that most people don't know about. A place that seems more akin to something out of Dante's inferno than modern life in America's primary city. Admittedly, there are many stories in a city like NYC, that said this one seems like an important one and worth knowing about. I have a feeling that as time marches forward, this book will be studied and will be considered an important book in the canon of NYC history, and will gain in importance as an honest contrast to the wealth, and privilege and excess of the age that it is written in. What Voten has done, to transcend the role of journalist and observer and taken us even closer as a a social scientist to a group of people that are completely foreign but who also live among us. This book is really one of the great books about NYC and is a must have for any serious collection about NYC or urban thought or history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Urban Anthropology 4. August 2011
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This is a great investigation into an American subculture that evolved out of necessity and how modern people can adapt to new and harsh environments
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