The emerging field of body ecology offers fresh insights into how the body engages with its surrounding environment through consciousness, perception, knowledge and emotion. In this groundbreaking collection, leading scholars of sport, leisure and philosophy draw on research on topics as diverse as surfing, freediving, slacklining, parkour, bodybuilding, dance and circus arts to flesh out the concept of body ecology and its potential for helping us understand our connection with the world around us.

Touching on theories of subjectivity, embodiment, pleasure and play, this book explores different approaches to studying body ecology as a way of conceptualising the experience of being immersed in nature, in the elements and in one’s own body through the power of awareness. An experience becomes emersive when it involves the production of new emotions in the body: emersion is the activation of what is living within the body itself.

Shedding new light on the possibilities of physical cultural studies, Body Ecology and Emersive Leisure is fascinating reading for all students and scholars with an interest in sport, leisure, philosophy and the body.

part I|87 pages

Body ecology

chapter 2|12 pages

Georges Hébert (1875–1957)

A naturalist’s invention of body ecology

chapter 4|8 pages

Body, flow and learning

From Feldenkrais to Csikszentmihalyi

chapter 5|10 pages

Sport, health and academia

A reflexive approach to the disenchantment and the re-enchantment of the body

chapter 6|14 pages

The naturalising process of technique

The antinomy of nature and culture through the lens of Chinese practices

chapter 7|11 pages

Health, well-being and sport

Some personal reflections

part 94II|80 pages

Emersion in the leisure environment and the recosmologisation of sport

chapter 9|12 pages

Naked surfing in Tambaba, Brazil

An example of body ecology

chapter 10|12 pages

Body ecology and urban sports

Parkour as an interdisciplinary immersion in the city environment

chapter 12|14 pages

The recosmologisation of the world

From Monte Verità to naturism

chapter 13|10 pages

Body ecology and academic well-being

What sustainable health can be offered to adolescents through the practise of body art activities?

part 174III|62 pages

Emersive leisure and aesthesiology

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter 14|11 pages

Bodies in the wind

Dance and nature on Redinha Beach, Natal, Brazil

chapter 15|13 pages

‘No pain, no gain’

The puritan ethic in bodybuilding

chapter 16|13 pages

The emersion of blackout in freediving

Moderation and immoderation