Gendered enskilment: becoming women through recreational running
In this article in 'The Senses and Society' Jasmijn Rana discusses how women learn to move, use their bodies, and become a different kind of being than men. She focuses on the embodiment of gender in recreational running environments. The materiality of our bodies, as well as social expectations of girls and women, influence their running abilities. Gendered, racialized, and otherwise marginalised people's environments differ from those of white, cis-gendered men, who are frequently used as the baseline construct in social science research on running environments.
- Jasmijn Rana
- 30 August 2022
- Read the article in The Senses and Society
Non-feminist studies on embodied knowledge of movement assume that how people are taught to move is gender-neutral or, worse, gender-less. Jasmijn Rana critically rethinks the sensuous engagement between embodied selves and environments by focusing on the kinesthesia of running, proprioception in public space, and the sense of being looked at, and argue that the often-neglected social structures of an environment are critical in understanding the enactment of the self through movement.