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Scarborough based study on bodies’ affective capacities

Gunjan Saxena

Annals of Tourism Research, 2018, vol. 68, issue C, 100-110

Abstract: This paper conceptualises leisure-seekers’ sociality using Deleuze and Guattari’s framework of Body without organs (BwO). Data, collected in Yorkshire’s coastal town of Scarborough, indicate how the ‘beach’ acts both as a magnet and a protective shell for a whole gamut of ‘intimate social microcosms’. Overall, the value of this study lies in its illustration of bodies’ affective capacities and in particular visitors’ agency in creating new possibilities for perception and experience of tourist sites. In doing so, it urges tourism studies to engage with how leisure-seekers’ bodies enact multiple sensibilities, become ‘bodies without organs’ without determinate form, in the process of experiencing a locality and (re)imagining its place in their lives.

Keywords: Deleuze and Guattari; Body without organs; Beach; Leisure seekers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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