Listening to the sporting body: auditory work and asthma experiences

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Owton, Helen (2015) Listening to the sporting body: auditory work and asthma experiences. In: Invited Lecture, 11 March 2015, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

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Whilst there has been a burgeoning of interest in sporting and exercise embodiment in recent years, including more phenomenologically inspired sociological analyses (Allen-Collinson, 2009), a sociology of the senses is a relatively recent innovation, particularly in the domain of physical cultures. This provides an interesting new dimension to studies of sporting embodiment, focusing on the importance of the sensory elements of our ‘somatic work’, and analysing the ways in which we go about making sense of our senses within a socio-cultural and physical-cultural framework. Drawing on the findings of two qualitative research projects, this paper addresses the lived experience of asthma in non-élite sports participants (Allen-Collinson & Owton, 2014). Despite the prevalence of asthma and exercise-induced asthma/bronchoconstriction, there is a distinct lacuna in terms of qualitative research on asthma experiences, and specifically in relation to sports participation. Here, I focus on the aural dimension of asthma experiences in sport, examining two key elements: 1) asthma as ‘dys-ease’ (Leder, 1990); and 2) auditory attunement and breath control.

Keywords:Sociology, Asthma, sociological phenomenology, Phenomenology, The senses, Sport, Sporting embodiment, Sensorium, Auditory Perception
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:16964
Deposited On:24 Mar 2015 09:15

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