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Mapping embodiment: methodologies for representing pain and injury

Tarr, Jen and Thomas, Helen (2011) Mapping embodiment: methodologies for representing pain and injury. Qualitative Research, 11 (2). pp. 141-157. ISSN 1468-7941

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Tarr, Jen and Thomas, Helen

This article examines the insights that visualization technologies such as 3D body scanning and mapping may provide for understanding embodied experience. The analysis draws on data from a research project on the socio-cultural contexts of dance injuries which used a mixed methodology including questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and body mapping with 205 dancers to explore how they distinguish between pain and injury and the consequences this has for their bodies and careers. The findings point to important differences between the data gained through the questionnaires and the data gathered in mapping and in-depth interviewing, suggesting that body mapping may point to the limitations of questionnaire methods in gathering data about experiences such as pain. Using a framework for understanding embodiment derived from cultural phenomenology, we argue that body mapping can be a useful tool for increasing awareness of embodied experiences such as pain which often recede from conscious perception.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794110394067
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: body mapping, dance embodiment, pain, visual methods
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Sage
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: April 2011
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1177/1468794110394067
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 12:00
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 05:23
Item ID: 4685
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4685

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