🏃 ULTRA ramoneando

PhD outline [minimal]

Distance athlete's æffect on urban rhythm:
how do ultrarunners run in automatized cities?

General Objective

Researching into how people learn to manage resources/knowledge and take risks to do activities that the majority ignores. Runners of ultramarathon are not superhumans: they develop a know-how and find interest in the methods of running to an extreme extent.

Specific Objectives

- Taking into account the progressive information that a community of ultrarunners have access to and handle through specific events.
- Reviewing the impact of running styles related to injury-health, and the relationship with (or the lack of) running gear.
- Considering the motivations to run beyond a health goal (even risking life) and the mental and spiritual levels that get into motion.
- Detailing the particularities and differences of an ultramarathon event in comparison to shorter races.
- Seeking the paths of the athletes through public space as an opposite direction against standarized and massive urban rhythms, placing the general mobility as a limitation to the body and social development.
- Attending to how do ultrarunners cope with the cities and spaces they live in, work and run through. It is assumed that runners and their surroundings are conditioned by the trends of massive behaviour . . . but at the same time athlete’s behaviour reshape production by making the input of new demands for new equipment, a renewal in set of mind and for nuances in ways to be in urban placements.

Research question

The above leaves the way closer to attempt a series of questions. Would it be possible then to see freeways and cities as something else than a mere containment of controlled flows? Or said in a more positive way and onto a slightly other physical direction:

Can we consider roads, paths in general, and other technological artifacts as enablers that shape human experience and social relationships? And this can even be considered as a double track proposal: How do human experiences and social relationships shape pathways, views, resources and technologies? Even if two seemingly separate sides merge to form a socio-technical assemblage, they in fact hibridize: hence the importance to rescue all agents, humans and non humans, involed with simetrical weight. The double sided view separates analitically what actually forms a network of dependencies.


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