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Title: Smoking Sensibilities: Unraveling the Spatialities, Socialities and Subjectivities of Young Adults Smokers in Singapore
Keywords: Smoking, non-representational theory, affect, sensuous/sensorial, bodies
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2012
Citation: TAN QIAN HUI (2012-06-07). Smoking Sensibilities: Unraveling the Spatialities, Socialities and Subjectivities of Young Adults Smokers in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cigarette smoking is an inherently spatial practice, not just because the tightening of smoking bans across various localities has led to a shrinking number of available smoking places ? but also because the sensorial pollution that smoking bodies engenders does not respect spatial and corporeal boundaries. Consequently, smoke is likely to provoke affective responses from non-smoking, and to a lesser extent, smoking bodies at a distance. However, the sensual-affectual experiences of smoking practices have been conveniently glossed over in the existing scholarship on smoking geographies. Therefore, I argue that non-representational theory serves as a suitable theoretical tool for exploring smoking spatialities, socialities and subjectivities beyond (but including) their rational, cognitive and representational aspects. By situating this qualitative study in the context of Singapore ? where smoking bans are getting more stringent and anti-smoking campaigns are getting more aggressive ? I demonstrate how this approach sheds light on the embodied affectual-emotional modalities wrought into the negotiation of smoking and non-smoking spaces, sensory relationalities as well as senses of wellbeing.
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