This panel explores ways in which changing ideas of self, community, city and/or nation may be formulated out of appropriations of leisure spaces and/or creative practices. As such it provides an opportunity to explore the relationships between identity, agency and appropriation.
Interested in papers that are grounded in ethnography and range in their focus from the individual embodied appropriations of cultural, artistic and/or leisure practice to the corporate takeovers of touristic places, the panel will begin to address the following questions: How are hierarchies of embodied practice constructed through the appropriation of 'place-experience' or 'practice-experience'?; How are the apparently contradictory notions of appropriation and 'authenticity' expressed and manifested through discourse and practice?; How might various anticipations of place or experience affect subsequent experience and in what ways do these processes shape the appropriation of spaces of leisure and creative practice?; How do authority and power emanate from variously defined 'successful' appropriations of place and/or cultural/artistic practice? Through empirically based examples this panel aims to explore ways in which changing ideas of self and community emerge out of the appropriations of leisure spaces and/or creative practices. It provides an opportunity to explore the relationships between identity, agency and appropriation.