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'Running for mum': sports charity challenges and therapeutic places


Palmer, C, 'Running for mum': sports charity challenges and therapeutic places, Advances in Sociology Research, Nova Science Pub Inc, J A Jaworski (ed), United States, pp. 107-124. ISBN 978-1-53610-810-1 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter explores the spatial relations of grief, loss, memory and accomplishment through the growing phenomenon of sports-based charity challenges. For many who take part in events such as fun runs, completing the event helps raise money for a particular cause that is often motivated by their own personal loss or bereavement. Drawing on preliminary fieldwork undertaken with participants in the Mother’s Day Classic - a major fundraising event for breast cancer research and education in Australia – the chapter argues that training for and participating in this and similar charity sporting events provide a range of spaces in which therapeutic encounters occur. The chapter argues that the MDC offers an emotional geography that is publicly enacted against a curative therapeutic landscape of sporting achievement and celebration of lives lived and lost, in doing so, providing insight and understanding into the role of charity in fitness and leisure worlds.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:emotional geography, grief, sport, fitness, leisure
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Professor Catherine Palmer)
ID Code:114712
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-24
Last Modified:2018-05-07

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