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On why we dig the beach: Tracing the subjects and objects of the bucket and spade for a relational materialist theory of the beach

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Franklin, A, On why we dig the beach: Tracing the subjects and objects of the bucket and spade for a relational materialist theory of the beach, Tourist Studies: An International Journal, 14, (3) pp. 261-285. ISSN 1468-7976 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468797614536331

Abstract

This article investigates the origins of the bucket and spade as a foundational element in the relational materialism of the beach as a space of vacationing. Using the intensification of Romantic beach painting through the early nineteenth century alongside prose descriptions and the development of photography at the beach, the article locates more precisely than ever before how the bucket and spade derived from the cohabitation of the beach by pioneering Romantic travellers and ethnic fishing cultures in which the former fell under the spell of the latter. It traces material connections and relations that transformed both creating new visitor subjectivities around an active engagement with the multiple affordances of the beach and a transformation of local peasant cultures from fishing and foraging to livelihoods based on the provisioning and facilitation of vacationing. The bucket and spade holds more significance than its role as a sandcastle-building tool; seen through the tidal changes and the different angles of photography, and especially through their relational engagement with the beach, the agency of the bucket and spade is revealed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:The beach, bucket and spade, relational materialism and tourism, seaside
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Other Studies in Human Society
Research Field:Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:93576
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-08
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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