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The Global Beach

Orvar Löfgren

in On Holiday

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780520217676
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217676.003.0007
The Global Beach

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This chapter discusses the universalization of the beach experience. It first answers the questions of what is a beach, and what can a beach be used for. It studies the concept of paradise, which relies on the romance of the tropical beach and the South Pacific. It then identifies the three basic elements that make up the global beach, namely sand, sun, and sea, and states that the beach was the site of the making of the modern body. This chapter also discusses beach etiquette, how to signal privacy while on the beach, sand castles, and the activities one can do on a beach.

Keywords: beach experience; paradise; tropical beach; modern body; beach etiquette; privacy; sand castles; beach activities

Chapter.  8229 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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