Chapter published in:Moving Bodies in Interaction – Interacting Bodies in Motion: Intercorporeality, interkinesthesia, and enaction in sports
Edited by Christian Meyer and Ulrich v. Wedelstaedt
[Advances in Interaction Studies 8] 2017
► pp. 27–56
Practice as a shared accomplishment
Intercorporeal attunement in acrobatics
Central to our paper is the sequential analysis of an episode from an acrobatics training session in which a novice learns to perform a somersault in cooperation with four other acrobats. We analyze the episode from a perspective mainly inspired by sociological practice theories. Our aim is to show how the novice is attuned to the demands of practicing the somersault in different qualification stages. We illustrate how in verbal, gestural as well as direct body-to-body interactions with the trainer and the other acrobats she is incrementally enabled to participate in and contribute to the shared bodily performance. By taking an approach of theoretical empiricism, we finally explore the ways in which our empirical findings call for a specification of practice theoretical concepts of the body by introducing the notion of a ‘lived-body-in-accomplishment’ and discuss their implications for a concept of intercorporeality.
Keywords: practice, sociological practice theories, acrobatic training, theoretical empiricism, sequential analysis, qualification stages, trust, lived-body-in-accomplishment, intercorporeality, intercorporealization
Published online: 14 August 2017
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Alkemeyer, Thomas & Nikolaus Buschmann
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