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On Running and Becoming Human

An Anthropological Perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Thomas F. Carter
    Pages 1-17
  3. Thomas F. Carter
    Pages 19-42
  4. Thomas F. Carter
    Pages 43-63
  5. Thomas F. Carter
    Pages 65-91

About this book


How does the simple act of running make us human? As a form of enskilled movement that shapes how we perceive our surroundings, running enacts a mindful bodily engagement with the world, an engagement that generates our very minds through perceptual learning. Thomas F. Carter examines the interrelated aspects of a runner’s being—mind, body, and environs—to illustrate that the skillful act of locomotion is one of principle ways that we as human beings become integral parts of the larger world. Synthesizing recent developments in neuroscience, anthropology, and philosophy of mind, On Running proves there is more to running than merely clocking up the miles.


Anthropology of sports Anthropology of running Mind, body, environment Philosophy of mind autoethnography neuro-anthropology socio-cultural anthropology phenomenology sports studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BrightonEastbourneUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Thomas F. Carter is Principal Lecturer in Anthropology and Sport at the Centre of Memory, Narrative, and History at the University of Brighton, UK. His research considers the varied ways in which sport exemplifies and reveals what it means to be human. 

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