Sensoriality, Social Interaction, and “Doing sensing” in Physical–Cultural Ethnographies

As recently highlighted, despite a burgeoning field of sensory ethnography, the practices, production, and accountability of the senses in specific social interactional contexts remain sociologically under-explored. To contribute original insights to a literature on the sensuous body in physical–cultural contexts, here we adopt an ethnomethodologically sensitive perspective to focus on the accomplishment, social organization, and accountability of sensoriality in interaction. Exploring instances of the senses at work in social interaction, we utilize data from two ethnographic research projects to investigate the production of running-together and swimming-together by skilled, experienced practitioners. We focus on two interlinked sensory modalities: auditory attunement, and vision and intercorporeality, identified as key dimensions of sensory embodiment and “togethering” in these particular domains.


University of Lincoln, College of Social Science

Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, University of Lincoln, School of Sport and Exercise Science

Gareth McNarry, Loughborough University, Sports Development Centre

Adam B. Evans, University of Copenhagen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports