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Magic, Health and the Mediation of the Body’s Geography.

O'Dell, Thomas LU (2006) In Geographies of Communication. The Spatial Turn in Media Studies
Abstract
This chapter examines some of the ways in which spas strive to offer their patrons a series of mass produced experiences that are framed in terms of personal wellness and serenity. In order to do this, the text begins by briefly examining the manner in which spas are organised as conceived spaces in their own promotional material. In the process, this material is placed in a historic context and illuminates the manner in which spas have mixed medical, magical, and spiritual influences in the name of health and leisure. Following this, the chapter then moves on to more specifically problematise some of the ways in which a few contemporary spas actually organise themselves materially and spatially, and impress themselves upon the bodies and... (More)
This chapter examines some of the ways in which spas strive to offer their patrons a series of mass produced experiences that are framed in terms of personal wellness and serenity. In order to do this, the text begins by briefly examining the manner in which spas are organised as conceived spaces in their own promotional material. In the process, this material is placed in a historic context and illuminates the manner in which spas have mixed medical, magical, and spiritual influences in the name of health and leisure. Following this, the chapter then moves on to more specifically problematise some of the ways in which a few contemporary spas actually organise themselves materially and spatially, and impress themselves upon the bodies and senses of their guests. In this section, and throughout what follows, the text focuses upon the body and discusses the central role corporeal and sensual impressions play in making sense of the world around us. (Less)
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Geographies of Communication. The Spatial Turn in Media Studies
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Falkheimer, Jesper and Jansson, André
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  author       = {O'Dell, Thomas},
  editor       = {Falkheimer, Jesper and Jansson, André},
  isbn         = {91-89471-36-9},
  keyword      = {culture,spas,magic,health},
  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Geographies of Communication. The Spatial Turn in Media Studies},
  title        = {Magic, Health and the Mediation of the Body’s Geography.},
  year         = {2006},
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