Who Are the Liveaboards: A study in Bristol and Bath

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    Abstract

    Despite their increasing visibility, people who live on boats have not received an academic study of their lifestyle. A key question pertaining to the phenomenon of living aboard is why people do it and how does society perceive their lifestyle choice. This dissertation is intended to explore the social, cultural and economic circumstances in which 'live-aboards' have evolved. This study assesses how society confronts live-aboards and what is the importance of communal ties and consumerist values in their lives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 live-aboards around Bristol and Bath. Data from the interviews was supported with field notes. The findings show that besides a lifestyle choice, living aboard can be a consequence of socioeconomic hardship. The findings verify that live-aboards encounter stereotypical thinking and discrimination from the sedentary society. Moreover, live-aboard lifestyle seem to be characterized by a sense of community and rejection of consumerist values. On this basis it is concluded that along with increasing the general awareness of live-aboards their community networks should be further supported.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
    MoE publication typeG2 Master's thesis, polytechnic Master's thesis

    Fields of Science

    • 514 Sociology
    • Inland Waterways, continuous cruising, community, lifestyle

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