Walking the Australian Beach: Mapping Footprints in the Sand
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Walking and Australian beaches go hand in hand. At any time of the day throughout the year, people will be walking along the shorelines of Australian beaches. This chapter draws on recent research on the beach and on walking to explore what this popular activity can reveal about concepts of space and belonging. Using the lenses of spatial, ethnographic and cultural studies, this chapter examines what it is about a beach walk that makes it different from other walks and why this form of transport and activity appeals to so many people. The chapter highlights the complexity of an activity often taken for granted and the connections that beach walking can bring to the walker and the environment.
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