Jography: Exploring Meanings, Experiences and Spatialities of Recreational Road-running

Cook, Simon and Shaw, Jon and Simpson, Paul (2016) Jography: Exploring Meanings, Experiences and Spatialities of Recreational Road-running. Mobilities, 11 (5). pp. 744-769. ISSN 1745-0101

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Abstract

Jogging is a relatively under-researched mobile practice with much existing literature focusing on ‘serious’ and competitive running. In this paper, we provide an account of some of the movements, meanings and experiences that together help produce the practice of jogging in the south-western English city of Plymouth. Drawing upon participant diaries and interviews, we uncover rich detail about how joggers ascribe not one but a number of meanings to their practice. Some of these are positive, some are negative; some complement each other and some compete with each other. We also consider how the experiences of joggers can be shaped by their ongoing need to develop tactics capable of enabling them to negotiate space with non-joggers. This is in some contrast to more competitive running that occurs in the separated space of an athletics track. Our sense is that better awareness of the meanings and experiences of jogging will be of value if the advertised health and sustainability benefits of the practice are to be more effectively encouraged and promoted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Simon Cook
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 16:25
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 16:25
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6779

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