‘Weather work’: embodiment and weather learning in a national outdoor exercise programme

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2018) ‘Weather work’: embodiment and weather learning in a national outdoor exercise programme. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 10 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 2159-676X

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Over the past 25 years, UK government policy exhortations to promote and increase exercise and physical activity levels in the population have increased in volume. In recent years, too, there has been growing sociological interest in exercise and physical activity embodiment issues, including within phenomenologically-inspired research into lived-body experiences. This article contributes original insights to a developing body of phenomenological-sociological empirical work in this domain, in addressing the lived experience of organised exercise in outdoor environments, and specifically in theorising the role of ‘lived weather’ in contouring these experiences. It thus addresses the call by Vannini et al. (2012) to remedy the notable ‘absent-presence’ of weather in much social science research. Drawing upon data from a two-year multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional ethnographic study of a nationwide exercise programme in Wales, UK, this article examines participants’ (n = 146) lived experience of weather, and theorises their ‘weather learning’, and ‘weather work’, both of which emerged as highly salient in the findings.

Keywords:Sociology, Weather, Weather work, Embodiment, Physical activity, Exercise, outdoor exercise, Ethnography, Wales, National exercise programme, Sociological theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:07 Nov 2017 16:08

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