Feeling the way: notes toward a haptic phenomenology of scuba diving and distance running

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (2011) Feeling the way: notes toward a haptic phenomenology of scuba diving and distance running. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46 (3). pp. 330-345. ISSN 1012-6902

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Abstract

Along with a resurgence of interest in ‘the body’ within the social sciences generally over the last two decades, in recent years a corpus of sociological research specifically on sporting embodiment has started to develop. Calls have been made to analyse more fully and deeply the sensory dimension of the lived sporting body, including via phenomenological perspectives. This article contributes to this developing literature by bringing to bear insights derived from existential phenomenology on two distinct sporting milieux: middle/long-distance running and scuba diving. As the social sciences in general have been accused of a high degree of ocularcentrism, here we focus upon touch, and specifically upon heat and pressure as two key structures of haptic lived experience.

Key words: phenomenology; sporting embodiment; the senses; touch; haptic.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:phenomenology, sporting embodiment, the senses, sensorium, touch, haptic, sociological phenomenology
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6208
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 12:11
Last Modified:10 Apr 2014 12:59

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