The essence of sporting embodiment: phenomenological analyses of the sporting body

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (2009) The essence of sporting embodiment: phenomenological analyses of the sporting body. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4 (4). pp. 71-81. ISSN 1833-1882

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Abstract

Whilst in recent years the sociology of sport has taken to heart vociferous calls ‘to bring the body back in’ to analyses of sporting activity, the ‘promise of phenomenology’ signalled by Kerry and Armour (2000), remains under-realised with regard to sporting embodiment. Surprisingly, given the focus of study, relatively few accounts are truly grounded in the corporeal realities of the lived, sensuous sporting body. Phenomenology offers us a powerful framework for such analysis and has been adopted and utilised in very different ways by different social science disciplines. The purpose of this paper is to consider how existential phenomenology in particular might be utilised in the study of sport and physical activity, and we draw upon data from a collaborative autoethnographic project on distance running to illustrate this. The use of existential phenomenology and autophenomenography offers, we contend, fresh insights in portraying the ‘essences’, sensuosity, corporeal immediacy and richly-textured experiences of sporting embodiment.

Keywords: Existential Phenomenology, Sporting Embodiment, Merleau-Ponty, Autophenomenography, Autoethnography

Item Type:Article
Keywords:phenomenology, Existential phenomenology, Sporting embodiment, Merleau-Ponty, Autophenomenography
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6230
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:22 Sep 2012 21:30
Last Modified:04 Apr 2014 14:04

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