What is it about?

Autoethnographic and autophenomenographic data were collected via three research projects. Senses of touch still remain under-researched within the sporting sensorium, and here we focus on the “elemental haptics” of earth and air on our cross-country training runs. We also explore the rich, complex somatic experiences afforded by various of these elemental combinations. For runners, as for many sports participants, the haptic emerges as a key aspect of our sensuous running lifeworld.

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Calls have been made to analyze more deeply not only the sensory dimensions of lived sporting bodies but also the values prevailing within particular physical–cultural worlds. This is currently an under-researched area, and in this article we contribute to a small, developing research literature to explore cross-country runners' sensory encounters with the elements, contoured by the values of the running lifeworlds they inhabit.

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This page is a summary of: Earth(l)y pleasures and air-borne bodies: Elemental haptics in women's cross-country running, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, June 2021, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/10126902211021936.
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