From a certain point of view: sensory phenomenological envisionings of running space and place

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (2015) From a certain point of view: sensory phenomenological envisionings of running space and place. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 44 (1). pp. 63-83. ISSN 0891-2416

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Abstract

The precise ways in which we go about the mundane, repetitive, social
actions of everyday life are central concerns of ethnographers and theorists
working within the traditions of the sociology of the mundane and sociological
phenomenology. In this article, we utilize insights derived from sociological
phenomenology and the newly developing field of sensory sociology to
investigate a particular, mundane, and embodied social practice, that of
training for distance running in specific places: our favored running routes.
For, despite a growing body of ethnographic studies of particular sports, little
analytic attention has been devoted to the actual, concrete practices of “doing”
or “producing” sporting activity, particularly from a sensory ethnographic
perspective. Drawing upon data from a 2-year joint autoethnographic research
project, here we explore the visual dimension, focusing upon three key themes
in relation to our runners’ visualization of, respectively, (1) hazardous places,
(2) performance places, (3) the time–space–place nexus.

Keywords:Sociology, phenomenology, Sociological phenomenology, sport, The senses, Sociology of embodiment, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:12490
Deposited On:31 Oct 2013 16:53

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