A haptic geography of the beach: naked bodies, vision and touch

Obrador Pons, Pau (2007) A haptic geography of the beach: naked bodies, vision and touch. Social and Cultural Geography, 8 (1). pp. 123-141. ISSN 1464-9365

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360701251866

Abstract

The beach and the naked body are a casualty of the idealism that dominates social sciences. Despite the resurgence of work on embodiment, very few accounts have actually explored the centrality of the body on the beach. Drawing on ethnographic research on the island of Menorca (Spain), this article focuses on practices of nudity on the beach. Instead of giving priority to the representation and meaning of nudity, I am primarily concerned with how it feels to be nude and how nudity is experienced. I want to produce a lively account of the nude beach that makes space for sensuality and enchantment. To this end, I affirm the primacy of the haptic sense on the beach, thus balancing touch and sight, the proximal and the distal, the performative and the representational. Touch offers the opportunity to develop insights into the elusive experience of the beach, the expressive and ethical character of nudism and the interlacing of the body and the environment. The aims of this article are inspired by non-representational approaches in geography. This article attempts to develop this multivarious way of thinking and working in empirically orientated research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nudity, beach, non-representational theory, embodiment, touch, vision, nudité, plage, théorie non représentationnelle, incarnation, touché, vision, desnudez, playa, teoría no representativa, encarnación, tacto, vista
Subjects: N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Pau Obrador Pons
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 09:18
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23958

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