Somaesthetics is an interdisciplinary research program that originated in pragmatist philosophy at the very end of the twentieth century and that has developed into an active academic field with its own journal ( The Journal of Somaesthetics ) and book series (Studies in Somaesthetics) and a
David I. Anderson
“somaesthetics” (e.g., Shusterman, this issue) would appear to capture that integration more saliently. The second reason for using the label “CAAME” is to highlight that the approaches covered in this special issue are educational, rather than therapeutic. The educational component is evident in the active
Nina Waaler Loland
Inspired by Shusterman’s (1997) theory of somaesthetics, this study explores gender differences between aerobicizing individuals. Based upon semistructured interviews and participant observation, the study examines how aerobicizing men and women experience and use their bodies. Findings revealed that men as well as women used aerobics as a means to attain a belter bodily appearance, and both men and women expressed positive and negative experiences of their bodies in the aerobic context. Few of the men but many of the women used aerobics to attain a stronger, healthier, more powerful body. Several of the women felt empowered and in a position to challenge traditional femininity ideals in terms of bodily appearance and use. Most of the men seemed insecure and felt that they were under critical scrutiny during training. It is argued that Shusterman’s theory of somaesthetics can complement more traditional sociological theories in the study of physical activities like aerobics.
Wolf E. Mehling
Personality Assessment, 53 ( 4 ), 802 – 815 . doi:10.1207/s15327752jpa5304_16 10.1207/s15327752jpa5304_16 Shusterman , R. ( 2008 ). Body consciousness: A philosophy of mindfulness and somaesthetics . New York, NY : Cambridge University Press . 10.1017/CBO9780511802829 Stern , E.R. , Grimaldi , S