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Societies 2014, 4(3), 380-398; doi:10.3390/soc4030380

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

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Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF23 6XD, UK
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Ciencias del Deporte, Universidad YMCA, Lago Alberto 337, Col. Anáhuac, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 11320, Mexico
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Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, School of Sport, Leeds Metropolitan University/Carnegie Faculty, Fairfax Hall, Room 124, Headingly Campus, Leeds LS6 3QS, UK
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Received: 28 May 2014 / Revised: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 28 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Martial Arts and Society: Developing Co-Constituting Perspectives)
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Abstract

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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Taijiquan; Daoism; self-cultivation; nature; ecology; embodiment Taijiquan; Daoism; self-cultivation; nature; ecology; embodiment
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Brown, D.H.K.; Jennings, G.; Sparkes, A.C. Taijiquan the “Taiji World” Way: Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Ecology. Societies 2014, 4, 380-398.

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