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Taijiquan the “Taiji World” Way: Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Ecology

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posted on 11.05.2022, 14:54 authored by David BrownDavid Brown, George Jennings, Andrew C. Sparkes

 In this article, we present a case study analysis of data gathered on the practice of the art of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) in one UK context. Our interest in looking at this physical culture was in exploring if/how physical cultures of shared embodied experience and practice may help “sow the seeds of environmental awareness”. In so doing, we illustrate certain affinities between this interpretation of the art and Beck’s idea of a “cosmopolitan vision of ecology”. We present an analysis of documentary and interview data of one English Taijiquan organisation and how it currently promotes the idea of interconnectedness, wellbeing and an alternative meta-narrative for living through the practice of Taijiquan. We conclude that, while further research is needed, there is evidence that a cosmopolitan vision for ecology is emerging in physical cultures such as Taijiquan. 

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Societies

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Brown, D.H., Jennings, G. and Sparkes, A.C. (2014) 'Taijiquan the “Taiji World” way: Towards a cosmopolitan vision of ecology', Societies, 4(3), pp.380-398

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2075-4698

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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David Brown George Jennings

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  • Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory

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