Take a deep breath: asthma, sporting embodiment, the senses and ‘auditory work’

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Owton, Helen (2014) Take a deep breath: asthma, sporting embodiment, the senses and ‘auditory work’. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (5). pp. 592-608. ISSN 1012-6902

Take a deep breath: asthma, sporting embodiment and ‘auditory work’
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There has been a veritable efflorescence of interest in sporting embodiment in recent years, including more phenomenologically inspired sociological analyses. A sociology of the senses is, however, a very recent sub-discipline, which provides an interesting new dimension to studies of sporting embodiment, focusing inter alia upon the sensory elements of ‘somatic work’; the ways in which we go about making sense of our senses within a socio-cultural (and sub-cultural) framework. The present article contributes to a developing sociological-phenomenological empirical corpus of literature by addressing the lived experience of asthma in non-élite sports participants. Despite the prevalence of asthma and exercise-induced asthma/bronchoconstriction, there is a distinct lacuna in terms of qualitative research into living with asthma, and specifically in relation to sports participation. Here we focus upon the aural dimension of asthma experiences, examining the role of ‘auditory attunement’ and ‘auditory work’ in sporting embodiment.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published online before print 5th November 2012
Keywords:Sociology of the body, Sporting embodiment, Phenomenology, Asthma, Chronic illness in sport, Sport, the senses, auditory work
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6271
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:26 Sep 2012 20:39
Last Modified:21 Sep 2014 17:07

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