Researching the run: Methods for exploring mundane jographies

Cook, Simon (2020) Researching the run: Methods for exploring mundane jographies. In: Mundane Methods: Innovative ways to research the everyday. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 193-210. ISBN 9781526139719

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Abstract

This chapter introduces and evaluates two methods of exploring running geographies, or jographies as I like to call them. Jographies are interested broadly in running practices, their spatialities, meanings, cultures and experiences (Cook et al, 2016a). The importance of investigating running in such ways is becoming ever more important to contemporary society. Due to the accessible, convenient and physical nature of running, it is increasingly being positioned as a key practice in helping to resolve the public health epidemic of inactivity, as well as an example of mundane mobility. I consider running a unique way of inhabiting and being in the world. Considering it in this way focuses attention upon the textures and minutia of the everyday: how it happens; how it feels; the senses, sensations and emotions bound up with running; the relationship between runners and places; and the meanings attached to running. Grasping these aspects of running permits deeper insight into why people take up and sustain running, and therefore what can be done to encourage more people to start running.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 31 May 2020
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA24: Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
Depositing User: Simon Cook
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 08:55
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9958

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