Moved to messiness: Physical activity, feelings, and transdisciplinarity

Avner, Zoe, Bridel, William, Eales, Lindsay, Glenn, Nicole, Walker, Rachel Loewen and Peers, Danielle (2014) Moved to messiness: Physical activity, feelings, and transdisciplinarity. Emotion, Space and Society, 12. pp. 55-62. ISSN 1755-4586

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This paper is based on conversations that took place during a scholarly reading group on the sociology of emotions. The members of the group shared an interest in the body, movement, and culture, but our academic and ‘athletic’ backgrounds were quite varied. Our diverse socio-cultural understandings of emotions were complicated by our own (emotional) experiences of physical (in)activity, thus conversations cut a wide and varied path. One idea, however, continued to resonate throughout our discussions; we found the experiential, theoretical, and methodological notion of messiness to hold great possibility as it allowed us to avoid the urge to reduce diverse experiences to a singular voice (Christians, 2011, Cornforth et al., 2012, Ellingson, 2009, Noble, 2009). Consequently, our project here is twofold. First, we experiment with communal writing as a method for undertaking a study of physical activity. Second, rather than any one perspective taking precedence we use this practice as a way to demonstrate the potential of embracing messiness as a collaborative ethical and theoretical method for understanding the complexities of emotions in relation to (in)active bodies. Specifically, using a variety of disciplinary and theoretical lenses we explore physical (in)activity in relation to pain/pleasure, and the gaze and performance. The result is a conversation made up of traditional and non-traditional approaches to academic writing that work to reconfigure and to challenge traditional dichotomies and hierarchical understandings of the active body, understandings that potentially over-simplify and close-down our emotional experiences of physical (in)activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Movement, Emotion, Messiness, Physical activity, Collaboration, Transdisciplinarity
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 07:33
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:15

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