Edited by Christian Meyer and Ulrich v. Wedelstaedt
[Advances in Interaction Studies 8] 2017
► pp. 323–344
Chapter 13. Intercorporeality with imaginary bodies
The case of trampoline and boxing training
In this chapter we explore the ways in which athletes and their coaches transfer bodily knowledge or alter physical performance. Using video based interaction analysis, we look into cases of trampoline and boxing training and into how imaginary elements matter in them. From there we argue that intercorporeality is not limited to flesh and resistant objects. The imaginary, as an intercorporeal element – established and operating between the participants (and not located in any single mind) – is vital for establishing or altering bodily performance. One of the central elements connecting imagination with bodily knowledge is pain, which often serves as key mediator and thus is here understood as a basic resource for interaction, rather than an individual’s perception of a bodily state.