Sensory geographies and defamiliarisation: migrant women encounter Brighton Beach

Munt, Sally (2015) Sensory geographies and defamiliarisation: migrant women encounter Brighton Beach. Gender, Place and Culture, 23 (8). pp. 1093-1106. ISSN 0966-369X

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This article’s starting point is a sensory, reflexive walk taken on Brighton seafront and beach, by fourteen migrant women and some of their children. It goes on to open up a wider discussion about the cultural politics and affective resonances, for refugees and migrants, of beaches. By discussing their sensory experiences of the beach, we begin to understand their ‘ostranenie’, or defamiliarisation, of making the familiar strange. We also see how evocative such sense-making can be, as the women compare their past lives to this, perceiving their lifeworld through a filter of migrancy.
The article goes onto discuss the broader cultural symbolism of beaches, which are a site of contestation over national values, boundaries, and belonging. As well as discussing sensory methodology in this article, and explaining the locale of Brighton Beach itself, it concludes with some wider thinking of the cultural politics of beach spaces and migrant perceptions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
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Depositing User: Sally Munt
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 18:52

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Cultural Values from the Subaltern Perspective: A Phenomenology of Refugees' Experience of British Cultural ValuesG1151AHRC-ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCILAH/L005409/1