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Take a deep breath: Asthma, sporting embodiment and ‘auditory work’

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

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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: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
ISSN: 1461-7218
Keywords: asthma; hearing; phenomenology; sporting embodiment; the senses; somatic work
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 42689
Depositing User: Helen Owton
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 15:05
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 21:54
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