1st Edition

Shores, Surfaces and Depths Oceanic Cultures of Tourism and Leisure

Edited By Felicity Picken, Emma Waterton Copyright 2025
    256 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the oceanic presence in life on Earth, and the ways that we engage with the oceanic worlds for play, pleasure, adventure and the pursuit of leisure and escape through tourism and travel.


    The oceanic ‘turn’ across the social sciences and humanities has produced a still proliferating opus of work that seeks to discover and emphasize oceanic presence in life on Earth. This literal and figurative ‘unearthing’ of blue spaces has encouraged scholars to gaze beyond the lands that have supported much of our experience and knowledge towards the gathering up of a more holistic appreciation of blue planetary life. This widening of scholarly attention -- from ‘land’ to ‘sea’ -- is occurring simultaneously across a range of disciplines and fields, including history, archaeology, anthropology, comparative literature, public policy, cultural studies, and geography. With an explicit focus on “leisure” and “tourism”, this edited collection follows a growing appreciation that it is our seemingly inconsequential encounters - at play, for pleasure and on holidays - that are increasingly present and influential in our oceanic relations


    This volume will be of value to scholars and students interested in Social and Cultural history and environmental history and humanities.

    Part 1: Shores


    1. Seaside Concepts: Walking, and Writing, the Lurujarri Trail

    Jennifer Eadie and Stephen Muecke


    2. Remembering Resorts: The Heritagization of Tourism in Beachside Destinations

    Zelmarie Cantillon


    3. ‘Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’: Animals Belonging, Excluding, and Contesting

    Neil Carr and Paul Tully


    4. Entangling Early: Rebuilding Passion for Natural and Cultural Terroir for Post-Covid, Low-Carbon Societies

    Adrian Franklin



    Part 2: Surfaces


    5. Endogenous Environmental Stewardship Interrupted? The Case for Bottom-up Innovation to Transform Marine Ecotourism Practices in Galápagos, Ecuador

    Adam Burke


    6. Protection, Preservation, and Place-Making in Surfing Space

    Lyndsey Stoodley


    7. Festivals of Traditional Boat Races Are So Much More Than Re-enactments!

    Pádraig Ó Sabhain


    8. Offshore Sailing: Oceans to Shorelines

    Mike Brown



    Part 3: Depths


    9. Outdoor Swimming: Water, Wellbeing, and Wildness

    Charlotte Bates and Kate Moles


    10. Off the Verandah, and into the Ocean: Scuba Diving, Anthropology, and Tourism

    Justin Raycraft


    11. Submarine Museums: Jason deCaires Taylor and the Exhibitory Ocean

    Killian Quigley


    12. Of Sunken Attractions: Writing the Terraqueous into Undersea Tourism and Leisure

    Felicity Picken


    Felicity Picken is a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University. Her scholarship is concerned with the changing relations between humans and nature in the strange living out of the Anthropocene. She follows the emergence of the ‘blue planet’ as a significant social actor by exploring how relations with oceanic environments evolve through pleasurable encounters including art, heritage, tourism, and leisure.


    Emma Waterton is a Leverhulme International Professor at the University of York, where she directs the Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre. Her interests include: heritage, memory and affect; anti-colonial politics; migrant heritage-making; and climate justice in the Anthropocene. She is an author of four monographs.