Health and the Running Body: Notes from an Ethnography.

Shipway, R. and Holloway, I., 2013. Health and the Running Body: Notes from an Ethnography. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51 (1), pp. 78-96.

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DOI: 10.1177/1012690213509807


This article aims to develop one of the major themes from an ethnographic study of the culture of distance running – the desire for health and fitness. Research was undertaken over a 2-year period using a variety of flexible qualitative data sources, most notably observation and in-depth interviews. The body, especially the ‘running body’, is seen by participants in this study as a source of health and well-being and affirmation of their identity. The results highlight the various contradictions and tensions that emerged whilst exploring the behaviour of distance runners in their desire to achieve a healthy body and mind.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:body; distance running; emic perspective; health; healthism
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:22108
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:14 Mar 2016 16:49
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 11:53


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