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'Running for mum': sports charity challenges and therapeutic places

Palmer, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8345-7556 2017 , ''Running for mum': sports charity challenges and therapeutic places', in J A Jaworski (ed.), Advances in Sociology Research , Nova Science Pub Inc, United States, pp. 107-124.

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This chapter explores the spatial relations of grief, loss, memory and accomplishment through the growing phenomenon of sports-based charity challenges. For many who take part in events such as fun runs, completing the event helps raise money for a particular cause that is often motivated by their own personal loss or bereavement. Drawing on preliminary fieldwork undertaken with participants in the Mother’s Day Classic - a major fundraising event for breast cancer research and education in Australia – the chapter argues that training for and participating in this and similar charity sporting events provide a range of spaces in which therapeutic encounters occur. The chapter argues that the MDC offers an emotional geography that is publicly enacted against a curative therapeutic landscape of sporting achievement and celebration of lives lived and lost, in doing so, providing insight and understanding into the role of charity in fitness and leisure worlds.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Palmer, C
Keywords: emotional geography, grief, sport, fitness, leisure
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc
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Copyright 2017 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

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