Therapeutic Landscapes and the Regulated Body in the Toronto Front Runners

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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The study of therapeutic landscapes (locations where place works as a vector of well-being) has generated substantial international interest. Drawing from Henri Lefebvre’s prolific writings on space, this article extends the concept of “landscapes of social relations” as an often-overlooked form of therapeutic landscapes. Consequent to this undertaking, this article examines the health experiences of members of the Toronto Front Runners, a running club for sexual minorities. Specifically, I underline the need for an interpretive analysis that examines notions of pluralism, multiple voices, and difference within therapeutic landscapes in order to highlight the ways in which social inequalities affect health.

The author is with Brock University, Dept. of Physical Education and Kinesiology, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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