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Endurance Running : A Socio-Cultural Examination (Hardcover)

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Running is a fundamental human activity and holds an important place in popular culture. In recent decades it has exploded in popularity as a leisure pursuit, with marathons and endurance challenges exerting a strong fascination.Endurance Running is the first collection of original qualitative research to examine distance running through a socio-cultural lens, with a general objective of understanding the concept and meaning of endurance historically and in contemporary times.

Adopting diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to explore topics such as historical conceptualizations of endurance, lived experiences of endurance running, and the meaning of endurance in individual lives, the book reveals how the biological, historical, psychological, and sociological converge to form contextually specific ideas about endurance running and runners.

The book explores endurance as a wider socio-cultural phenomenon, making it useful reading for anybody researching across the entire spectrum of endurance sports, and is fascinating reading for anybody working in the sociology of sport or the body, cultural studies or behavioural science.

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