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Old 24-04-2008, 04:11   #1
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Psychology of Cruising and Cruisers

There is an excellent (tho' long @ 431 page PDF) Doctoral thesis that examines the psychology of cruising & cruisers.

Modern day ocean voyaging in private sailing vessels dates back to the turn of the century. Despite this, the present thesis is the first academic study of ocean cruising to be completed.
Of the thousands of people who make ocean voyages only a few hundred are committed to the lifestyle of cruising, that is, see cruising as a whole way of life that they will pursue indefinitely
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The thesis first presents an ethnography of the lifestyle of cruising with particular attention to (1) what activities constitute the lifestyle, (2) why people cruise, and (3) what values, attitudes, and characteristics attach to the participants.
Second, the thesis relates this ethnography to several theories in sociology and psychology.

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“Ocean cruising: a study of affirmative deviance”
by Dr. James Macbeth

http://wwwlib.murdoch.edu.au/adt/pub...09/02Whole.pdf
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Thanks for the article.
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Hi Gord
I've seen this dissertation and started reading some of it. My bookmarked copy doesn't have a date that it was written, but judging from the dates of some of the references cited, I think it was written in the 1980s, and a lot of the references were from the 70s. I don't know if things have changed that much in 25 years, except for more people are doing it.

Interesting topic of a dissertation though!
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Sumbuddy got a Phd fer it.
There must be a lot of doctorates on this board.
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Re: Psychology of Cruising & Cruisers

Thought I'd update this thread, since the original link no longer exists:

Ocean cruising: a study of affirmative deviance - Murdoch Research Repository
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Re: Psychology of Cruising and Cruisers

Thanks for the bump, and the current link to the whole thesis (43Mb)
http://researchrepository.murdoch.ed.../3/02Whole.pdf
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Re: Psychology of Cruising and Cruisers

Put simply a Manic depressive would not last for any length of time offshore doing a solo sail.
You have to be in your right mind, have a happy place in your mind that you can go to when you are feeling a bit down.
Remember J. Slocum was considered a bit strange after 1st trip around the world.
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Re: Psychology of Cruising and Cruisers

Like to the document page, which will include options to preview the front pages or full document in PDF:
Ocean cruising: a study of affirmative deviance - Murdoch Research Repository

The thesis was published in 1985.
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