Magical Realist Sociologies of Belonging and Becoming: The Explorer

Magical Realist Sociologies of Belonging and Becoming: The Explorer

by Rodanthi Tzanelli

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At the bottom of the sea, freedivers find that the world bestows humans with the magic of bodily and mental freedom, binding them in small communities of play, affect and respect for nature. On land, rational human interests dissolve this magic into prescriptive formulas of belonging to a profession, a nation and an acceptable modernity. The magical exploration is morphed by such multiple interventions successively from a pilgrimage, to a cinematic and digital articulation of an anarchic project, to an exercise in national citizenship and finally, a projection of post-imperial cosmopolitan belonging.

This is the story of an embodied, relational and affective journey: the making of the explorer of worlds. At its heart stands a clash between individual and collective desires to belong, aspirations to create and the pragmatics of becoming recognised by others. The primary empirical context in which this is played is the contemporary margins of European modernity: the post-troika Greece. With the project of a freediving artist, who stages an Underwater Gallery outside the iconic island of Amorgos, as a sociological spyglass, it examines the networks of mobility that both individuals and nations have to enter to achieve international recognition, often at the expense of personal freedom and alternative pathways to modernity.

Inspired by fusions of cultural pragmatics, phenomenology, phanerology, the morphogenetic approach, feminist posthumanism and especially postcolonial theories of magical realism, this study examines interconnected variations of identity and subjectivity in contexts of contemporary mobility (digital and embodied travel/tourism). As a study of cultural emergism, the book will be of interest to students and scholars in critical theory, cultural, postcolonial and decolonial studies, and tourism/pilgrimage theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781000036688
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2020
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Rodanthi Tzanelli is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. She is author of numerous research papers and chapters, as well as 11 monographs.

Table of Contents

A Preface Not to Skip

An Epistemological and Methodological Introduction

Reading One: The Pendulum of Environmental and Artistic Firstness

Reading Two: Thanatourism and Community-Making

Reading Three: (Inter)national Aesthetics: Cinematic Thirdness

Reading Four: International Indexing: The Biophysics of Land(scape)

Conclusion: Reading zero: Dual (un)consciousness and the Mathematics of Being


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