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'Being in your body' and 'Being in the moment': the dancing body-subject and inhabited transcendence

Purser, Aimie Christianne Elizabeth.

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Aimie Christianne Elizabeth. Purser



Abstract

Sports studies is currently dominated by the intellectualist approach to understanding skill and expertise, meaning that questions about the phenomenological nature of skilled performance in sport have generally been overshadowed by the emphasis on the cognitive. By contrast, this article responds to calls for a phenomenology of sporting embodiment by opening up a philosophical exploration of the nature of athletic being in-the-world. In particular, the paper explores the conceptualisation of immanence and transcendence in relation to the embodied practice of dance, engaging with Merleau-Ponty’s important insight that the body can be a source of transcendence. I also draw on data from in-depth qualitative interviews with professional contemporary dancers to explore dancers’ concepts of ‘being in your body’ and ‘being in the moment’, and to suggest that during the actual embodied practice of dance, dancers do not experience transcendence and immanence as they are conceptualised in philosophy. Rather, I argue, dancers experience a third mode of being that is somehow in-between these two binary terms. I have called this ‘inhabited transcendence’.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
Print ISSN 0094-8705
Electronic ISSN 1543-2939
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Purser, A. C. E. (in press). 'Being in your body' and 'Being in the moment': the dancing body-subject and inhabited transcendence. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 45(1), doi:10.1080/00948705.2017.1408018
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00948705.2017.1408018
Keywords transcendence; immanence; Merleau-Ponty; phenomenology; dance
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00948705.2017.1408018
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Philosophy of Sport on 30 November 2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00948705.2017.1408018

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