The comfort of the river: understanding the affective geographies of angling waterscapes in young people’s coping practices

Natalie Djohari, Adam Brown, Paul Stolk

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This paper draws on ethnographic research with angling intervention programmes working with ‘disaffected’ young people in the UK to demonstrate how young people use the affective geographies of waterscapes to regulate their feelings and escape stressful lives. But rather than interpret the restorative or therapeutic quality of waterscapes as the consequence of (passive) immersion into green/blue spaces, we argue that ‘comfort’ is derived from an ongoing, active engagement with(in) the world. Drawing on works influenced by phenomenological theories and relational understandings of the more-than-human world, we illustrate how the affectual qualities of waterscapes are continually ‘woven’ into being through the material and embodied practices of young anglers. However, understanding why waterscapes ‘matter’ to young people also requires accounting for those assemblages originating in the past that shape these co-experienced worlds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-367
Number of pages12
JournalChildren’s Geographies
Issue number4
Early online date21 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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