A Song of the Paddle: Haptic Aesthetics of Canoe Travel in the English Lake District

Hughes, Chris (2017) A Song of the Paddle: Haptic Aesthetics of Canoe Travel in the English Lake District. Leisure Studies. ISSN 0261-4367 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2017.1414293

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Abstract

This paper is a critical exercise in haptic aesthetics. Drawing upon Fisher (1997) and Patterson’s (2007) ideas, the paper applies some of the core sentiments from what has been called ‘haptic aesthetics’. The subject matter of such an inquiry is a rather simple one, namely, me in a canoe with a paddle and nowhere in particular to go, in essence, a form of leisure travel explained phenomenologically. Such humble beginnings are interspersed with arguments that illustrate haptic aesthetics along epistemological lines. Further still, it will be shown that paddling as a sensuous leisure activity is deeply haptic but also acoustic and the theory of ‘soundscape ecology’ will be used here to help further describe the sound and feeling of paddling a canoe in a natural environment. It is in this theoretical and sensory connection that readers should notice some ethical connotations and it is also such a connection that illustrates what could be called a ‘practical’ or ‘everyday’ aesthetics of leisure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Haptic aesthetics, phenomenology, senses, technology, paddling.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 11:40
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9899

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