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Stable and destabilised states of subjective wellbeing : dance and movement as catalysts of transition.

Atkinson, S.J. and Scott, K.E. (2015) 'Stable and destabilised states of subjective wellbeing : dance and movement as catalysts of transition.', Social and cultural geography., 16 (1). pp. 75-94.

Abstract

The pursuit of subjective well-being has become an important object of policy and personal action, which within geography has been engaged largely by those with an interest in health. But to date, geography has given little attention to the ways in which subjective well-being changes and in particular, the ways in which it may be understood as both stable and amenable to change. Similarly, the field of arts and health asserts the value of participation in the creative arts for enhancing subjective well-being, but has also hardly addressed how this may come about. The paper explores stability and change in well-being through a case study of a dance and movement intervention in an English primary school. We draw on Deleuze and Guattari's notions of assemblages and of striated and smooth space to explore how participation in the arts may enable escape from habituated practices. This exploration expands the scope of geographies of health towards capturing the moments and processes through which transitions in subjective well-being may occur. The study indicates the need for greater attention to gentler and gendered forms of transition.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2014.950689
Publisher statement:© 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted. Permission is granted subject to the terms of the License under which the work was published. Please check the License conditions for the work which you wish to reuse. Full and appropriate attribution must be given. This permission does not cover any third party copyrighted material which may appear in the work requested.
Date accepted:22 July 2014
Date deposited:06 October 2014
Date of first online publication:16 September 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

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