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Exploring embodiment through martial arts and combat sports: A review of empirical research

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posted on 2022-04-28, 15:48 authored by Alex Channon, George Jennings

 Since the late 1970s, social scientists have turned considerable attention to investigating martial arts and combat sports (MACS). In particular, this broad range of fighting disciplines has been shown to offer numerous avenues for scholarly enquiry into social change and personal transformation via processes of embodiment. Adopting a thematic structure, we assess the empirical literature in this area via four interconnecting categories pertaining to MACS and embodiment: (1) body cultures; (2) body pedagogies; (3) the embodiment of gender; and (4) bodily harm. Following this review, we identify several gaps in the existing literature, suggesting potential new topics and strategies for research connecting to the social world of physical culture more generally. Keywords: Martial arts; self-defence; combat sports; review; embodiment; social science 


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Sport in Society


Taylor & Francis


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Channon, A. and Jennings, G. (2014) 'Exploring embodiment through martial arts and combat sports: A review of empirical research', Sport in Society, 17(6), pp.773-789

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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George Jennings

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  • Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory

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