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The social world of outdoor swimming: cultural practices, shared meanings and bodily encounters

Moles, Kate 2020. The social world of outdoor swimming: cultural practices, shared meanings and bodily encounters. Journal of Sport and Social Issues

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Abstract

This paper examines the particular relations and entanglements of practices, bodies and water in the social world of outdoor swimming. Using ethnographic data to describe how the relations, interactions and meaning making unfolds and happens before, during and after a swim, we can consider the ways the social world of outdoor swimming is ordered, the ways in which participants produce and are enrolled into that social order and the sense of belonging and connection that this enables. This paper uses this case to highlight how we need to attune to a sociology of and in water; to consider the ways interactions and meaning making occurs in and around bluespace, in ways that disrupts and expands our understanding of social worlds and life.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0193-7235
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 April 2020
Date of Acceptance: 20 February 2020
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2020 23:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130872

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