Distance running as joint accomplishment: an ethnomethodological perspective

Hockey, John C and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2013) Distance running as joint accomplishment: an ethnomethodological perspective. In: Intercorporeality in Sports, 10 - 11 September 2013, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Whilst there exists a substantial literature focused upon abstract theorizations of sport, at present there is little ethnographic work within the sociology of sport on the mundane practices of actually ‘doing’ sport. In sum, the phenomenological ground of ‘how’ sport is accomplished remains largely uncharted territory for researchers (Allen-Collinson 2009, Haldrup & Larsen 2006, Hockey & Allen Collinson 2007, Sparkes 2009). This lacuna applies both to the phenomenology of the lived sporting body and to the embodied interaction that occurs between participants as they do sport. In order to address this lacuna, this presentation offers an in-depth analysis of how training together for the sport of distance running constitutes a joint accomplishment by us as distance runners. Here we focus specifically upon the sensory and interactional work, which, for us, are essential components in the experience of ‘doing’ running. The theoretical foundation of the presentation lies in the social phenomenology of Alfred Schütz (1967), which focused upon how individuals sustain routine social life using a ‘stock of knowledge at hand’, in particular the mundane use of typfications, the common sense constructs that individuals use to order their social world on a moment to moment basis. In applying Schützian insights to the study of members’ methods for producing and reproducing everyday social order, Harold Garfinkel (1967) developed ethnomethodology, the study of members’ methods, their mundane practices for managing the social world. Adopting an ethnomethodological stance, our presentation portrays ‘how’ joint distance running training sessions are habitually accomplished.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology of the mundane, Ethnomethodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 12:33
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 05:34
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1320

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