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Exploring the space between words and meaning: Understanding the relational sensibility of surf spaces

Anderson, Jon ORCID: 2014. Exploring the space between words and meaning: Understanding the relational sensibility of surf spaces. Emotion, Space and Society 10 , pp. 27-34. 10.1016/j.emospa.2012.11.002

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This paper explores the potential of the written word to evoke emotional engagement with place. Through focussing on the relational sensibilities created through the act of surfing, the paper seeks to explore how these emotions are articulated by surfers in order to share their feelings with others. In doing so it draws attention to the ‘intersubjective space’ (after Thrift, 1996) between writer and reader and its potential to overcome the paradox of representation. In this space the written word has the potential to combine with readers' own experiences, however indirect or tangential, to create a currency of communicated lived experience. In this space, knowledge of surfing is co-created by writer and reader (or by surfer and non-surfer) and becomes freighted with empathic resonance. In order to explore whether the potential of this space can be realised, the paper presents examples of surf writing which seek to communicate the relational sensibility of surfing and asks the reader: can ‘only a surfer know the feeling’?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; Relational sensibility; Surfing; Non-representation; Place
Additional Information: Online publication date: 17 December 2012.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1755-4586
Date of Acceptance: 13 November 2012
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:32

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