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Scarborough based study on bodies’ affective capacities

Saxena, Gunjan



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.


Saxena, G. (2017). Scarborough based study on bodies’ affective capacities. Annals of Tourism Research, 68, 100-110.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2017
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2019
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 68
Pages 100-110
Keywords Tourism; Leisure and hospitality management; Development; Deleuze and Guattari; Body without organs; Beach; Leisure seekers
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