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Nomadic identities and socio-spatial competence: making sense of post-smoking selves

Nomadic identities and socio-spatial competence: making sense of post-smoking selves The reconstruction of smoking as an unhealthy practice has given rise to a discursive field in which some people shy away from smoking identities that are tainted with the attendant notions of dirt and disgust and also from overt external control over individual behaviour. In many cases individuals demonstrate social competence by quitting smoking. Social and secret smokers challenge both binary understandings of smoking identities (smoker/non-smoker) as well as the addiction model that is prevalent in explaining smoking. Social and secret smoking are conceptualised as nomadic identities that are situationally constructed and deconstructed, but always with the potential to slip into one or other identity more permanently. While these identities remain ambivalent and appear to manage their own risks, they provide us with a window into the body as a potentiality rather than a problem and thus move us beyond a compliance/resistance schema. The paper concludes that ex-, secret and social smoking involve different types of socio-spatial competence and, in order to make sense of this, we utilise both Foucauldian and Deleuzo-Guattarian frameworks. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social & Cultural Geography Taylor & Francis

Nomadic identities and socio-spatial competence: making sense of post-smoking selves

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1470-1197
eISSN
1464-9365
DOI
10.1080/14649360902974431
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Abstract

The reconstruction of smoking as an unhealthy practice has given rise to a discursive field in which some people shy away from smoking identities that are tainted with the attendant notions of dirt and disgust and also from overt external control over individual behaviour. In many cases individuals demonstrate social competence by quitting smoking. Social and secret smokers challenge both binary understandings of smoking identities (smoker/non-smoker) as well as the addiction model that is prevalent in explaining smoking. Social and secret smoking are conceptualised as nomadic identities that are situationally constructed and deconstructed, but always with the potential to slip into one or other identity more permanently. While these identities remain ambivalent and appear to manage their own risks, they provide us with a window into the body as a potentiality rather than a problem and thus move us beyond a compliance/resistance schema. The paper concludes that ex-, secret and social smoking involve different types of socio-spatial competence and, in order to make sense of this, we utilise both Foucauldian and Deleuzo-Guattarian frameworks.

Journal

Social & Cultural GeographyTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2009

Keywords: ex-smokers; smoking; social smoking; nomadic identities; identity; anciens fumeurs; tabagisme; fumeurs mondains; identités nomadiques; identité; ex-fumadores; fumar; fumador social; identidades nomádicas; identidad

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