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Bowling Together? Practices of Belonging and Becoming in a London Ten-Pin Bowling League

Jackson, Emma. 2020. Bowling Together? Practices of Belonging and Becoming in a London Ten-Pin Bowling League. Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385 [Article] (In Press)

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Abstract or Description

This article uses the case of an ethnographic study of a London ten-pin bowling alley to propose a framework of ‘practices of belonging and becoming’ for understanding convivial participation in urban space. Drawing insights from the bowling league, the article puts forward four propositions for rethinking belonging through bowling: as a practice that embeds people in place; as a relational practice experienced across time and place; as a performance that acts on the sense of self and the body; and as a theatrical performance that enriches and resonates through a scene. The article proposes that these four intertwined registers can be used beyond this example to advance dynamic theories of belonging and to enrich an understanding of the production of convivial urban spaces in the contemporary city.

Item Type:

Article

Additional Information:

This article is based on research from the project ‘The Choreography of Everyday Multiculture: Bowling Together?’ Economic and Social Research Council (ES/L011360/1). The first draft was completed at The Sociological Review writing retreat, 2018.

Keywords:

belonging, bowling, cities, community, conviviality, ethnography, leisure, performativity, urban

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
13 October 2019Accepted
8 January 2020Published Online

Item ID:

28096

Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2020 12:53

Last Modified:

25 Mar 2020 17:07

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28096

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