I am sailing: towards a transactional analysis of 'body techniques'
2013 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In recent years there has been a growing interest in questions related to embodiment and learning.Within the field of ‘body pedagogics’ great efforts have been made to develop theory andmethodology that can deal with the corporeal aspects of experience and knowledge withoutadopting any form of dualistic conceptions of body/mind and organism/environment. This articleconnects to this body of research. The purpose is to first present a synthesis of James’ radicalempiricism, Dewey’s transactional understanding of experience and learning and Marcel Mauss’concept of ‘body techniques’ and the notion of education embedded in it. Against the backgroundof this theoretical development, and with a Transactional Model of Analyzing Bodying (TMAB),we then show how we can analytically come to terms with different dualistic problems that researchinto ‘body pedagogics’ has to deal with. We use an empirical example of dinghy sailing to createknowledge about what we learn when learning embodied knowledge, and how this learning takesplace. We argue that experience is an important concept for understanding the acting knowinghuman being, describing how experience is organized and developed and outlining how thisorganization can be understood as learning. We hold that situations where someone learns toembody certain knowledge are cases of overt actions, in which we can see what kinds of relationsare created and how these relations become meaningful for further action.
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Experience; Body Pedagogics; Body Techniques; Learning; Transaction; Radical Empiricism; Sailing; Video Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219371DiVA: diva2:699554