Title

"Rockets" and "Rocket Scientists": How Technology and Collective Perspectives on Occupation Shape Body Practices and Embodiment of Triathletes

Presenter Information

Christine Carrier

Start Time

27-10-2007 5:00 PM

End Time

27-10-2007 6:00 PM

Abstract

Historically, most investigations into occupation have focused on individuals and their unique phenomenological experiences with an emphasis on reflective, narrative experience. This work hopes to contribute to the recent branching in focus to the social nature of occupation by extending this consideration to not just reflective experience but also body practices and embodied experience. Drawing from the works of occupational science scholars including Frank, Dickie, Cutchin, Humphrey, Jackson and Neville-Jan, and the works of Mauss, Bourdieu, Merleau-Ponty and Csordas, I will present a theoretical basis for considering the collective nature of embodied experiences. Analysis and examples from ethnographic field data from a six month pilot study of members of a recreational triathlon club underscore the collective and technology-infused nature of the meaning of training occupations, body practices of those occupations, and interpretations of somatic experience.

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"Rockets" and "Rocket Scientists": How Technology and Collective Perspectives on Occupation Shape Body Practices and Embodiment of Triathletes

Historically, most investigations into occupation have focused on individuals and their unique phenomenological experiences with an emphasis on reflective, narrative experience. This work hopes to contribute to the recent branching in focus to the social nature of occupation by extending this consideration to not just reflective experience but also body practices and embodied experience. Drawing from the works of occupational science scholars including Frank, Dickie, Cutchin, Humphrey, Jackson and Neville-Jan, and the works of Mauss, Bourdieu, Merleau-Ponty and Csordas, I will present a theoretical basis for considering the collective nature of embodied experiences. Analysis and examples from ethnographic field data from a six month pilot study of members of a recreational triathlon club underscore the collective and technology-infused nature of the meaning of training occupations, body practices of those occupations, and interpretations of somatic experience.