Intense embodiment: senses of heat in women’s running and boxing [video short]

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Owton, Helen (2015) Intense embodiment: senses of heat in women’s running and boxing [video short]. [Video]

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A video abstract introducing our article in Body & Society, utilizing sociological phenomenology to examine sensuous embodiment.

Drawing upon data from three research projects, here we explore some of the
‘sensuousities’ of ‘intense embodiment’ experiences as a distance-running-woman
and a boxing-woman, respectively. Our analysis addresses the relatively unexplored
haptic senses, particularly the ‘touch’ of heat. Heat has been argued to constitute a
specific sensory mode, a trans-boundary sense. Our findings suggest that ‘lived’
heat, in our own physical-cultural experiences, has highly proprioceptive elements
and is experienced as both a form of touch and as a distinct perceptual mode, dependent
upon context. Our analysis coheres around two key themes that emerged as
salient: (1) warming up, and (2) thermoregulation, which in lived experience were
encountered as strongly interwoven.

Keywords:phenomenology, sociological phenomenology, Heat, The senses, Thermoception, Distance running, Boxing, Sport
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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ID Code:17308
Deposited On:26 Apr 2015 18:06

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