Running a temperature: sociological-phenomenological perspectives on distance running, thermoception and ‘temperature work’

Hockey, John and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2017) Running a temperature: sociological-phenomenological perspectives on distance running, thermoception and ‘temperature work’. In: Seeking the Senses in Physical Cultures: Sensual scholarship in action. Routledge. ISBN 9781138100589

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Introduction
Drawing on theoretical and conceptual tools relating to ‘sensory work’ within sociology and sociological phenomenology, in this chapter we address the under-researched sense of thermoception, the lived experience of temperature perception. We explore this particular sensory modality as experienced within our own chosen sporting domain of distance running. Drawing on the findings from two automethodological research projects, we describe some of the complex sensuosities of our ‘intensely embodied’ experiences of heat and cold (Allen-Collinson & Leledaki, 2015). In exploring thermoception, we seek to remedy the relative lack of social science research into this important dimension of the sensorium and, commensurate with the purposes of this edited collection, to challenge received notions of the ‘classic five senses’ as traditionally conceptualised within ‘Western’ science.

Keywords:Sociology, Senses, Sensory work, Thermoception, Heat, Sport, Physical culture, Automethodology, Autoethnography, Qualitative
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:25232
Deposited On:23 Nov 2016 15:47

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