Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Gina Athena Ulysse, Elizabeth Traube

Major

Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the performative pleasures of competitive distance running, including its aesthetic, physical, social, and moral rewards. I take an ethnographic and auto-ethnographic approach to women’s collegiate distance running focusing on the elements that comprise the identity of runner, and the demands intertwined with this identity. I explore running as a technique of the body that places value on a less gendered body ideal. Through the disciplinary regimes of training, individuals perform self-care while gaining authenticity to the identity of runner.

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