Road bowling in Ireland: social space and the context of context

O'Leary, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-3779-4559, Patterson, M. and O'Malley, L., 2018. Road bowling in Ireland: social space and the context of context. Consumption Markets & Culture. ISSN 1025-3866

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Consumer research has offered a multitude of understandings of space. While these insights have contributed both to absolute and relativistic appreciations, the discourse has tended more often towards absolute representations. Through an examination of Irish road bowling, built from a four year ethnography, we position Henri Lefebvre’s triadic model of social space as a heuristic device that may be used to further relativistic representations of space. In doing so we expose how Irish road bowlers produce space on public roads. We find that such space and the actions of road bowlers within it are deeply influenced by both historic and contemporary socio-cultural discourses. In this way we highlight how Lefebvre can be used to get at the context of context and offer an alternative understanding of normative and existential communitas.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Consumption Markets & Culture
Creators: O'Leary, K., Patterson, M. and O'Malley, L.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 6 September 2018
ISSN: 1025-3866
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Sep 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 03:00

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