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Title: Playing explorers : the re-enactment of legendary sea voyages
Author: Farley, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 205X
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2006
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This dissertation is concerned with the idea of play. It argues for seeing play in Foucaultian terms, not as a privileged 'object' existing concretely in the world, but as discursively constructed in a range of intersecting and sometimes competing fields. Two orders of discourse that produce play, one explicitly and one implicitly, are investigated here for the ways in which they contribute to constructions of power. In the first, scholarly discourse systematically constructs play as a problem that can only be understood through the academic practices of reading, writing, and 'objective' analysis, privileging reason as the hegemonic way of knowing and the scholar as authority. An archaeological analysis demonstrates how this discourse constructs the academic as an external observer rather than as a player, systematically 'writing out' not only the playing subject, but also the imaginative, performative, and sensuous knowledges of play. In the second order of discourse studied here, the re-enactment of legendary sea voyages, these knowledges are privileged. A genealogical analysis demonstrates how these disparate seafaring events systematically construct a discourse of play through voyagers' imaginative performance of discourses of, for example, exploration, adventure, masculinity, and legend. Attention to the construction of power in these voyaging performances also functions to provide a critique of the academic discourse of play. Alternating chapters on scholarly and voyaging discourses thus productively illuminates the struggle over knowledges of play and of the past - but also for the authority of different ways of knowing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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