Journal article

Touched by water: The body in scuba diving

ER Straughan

Emotion, Space and Society | Elsevier BV | Published : 2012

Abstract

Focusing on the leisure practice of scuba diving, I examine how 'touch' works as a sense experienced through material engagement with the aquatic world for both physical and metaphorical effect. Technologically facilitated and environmentally positioned, scuba diving brings together the distal and the proximate to produce a particular experience of space and a particular mobilisation of emotion. The paper positions itself within the conceptual context of embodiment in order to consider corporeality in terms of its visceral and material capacities that effect and direct movement, as well as the experience of the sensuous via an engagement with the diving environment. In doing so, it draws upo..

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