Dykes on Bikes: mobility, belonging and the visceral

de Jong, A. (2015) Dykes on Bikes: mobility, belonging and the visceral. Australian Geographer, 46(1), pp. 1-13. (doi: 10.1080/00049182.2014.986787)

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Abstract

This article contributes to growing scholarship on fluidity, embodiment and the politics of festivals. Such scholarship is crucial to understanding belonging as an embodied, visceral experience. Extending on this work, this paper seeks to draw further attention to the fluidity of festival boundaries and experience, by exploring how belonging holds the potential to become detached from location, and be manifested forcefully through movement to and from events. I focus on a group of six Dykes on Bikes members, who rode motorbikes 1800 kilometres as part of a larger group from Brisbane to the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Through this exploration I illustrate how attention to the visceral experience of belonging on the move allows geographers to address what holds individuals ‘in place’ so to speak, when attachment takes place through movement. In doing so I argue that the visceral is crucial to understanding belonging as mobile because it provides a framework to stand against universalised discourses that locate belonging within the temporal and spatial confines of events.de Jong

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:de Jong, Dr Anna
Authors: de Jong, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Australian Geographer
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0004-9182
ISSN (Online):1465-3311
Published Online:21 January 2015

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