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Introduction: Cultures of combat - Body, culture, identity

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posted on 2022-04-12, 15:47 authored by David BrownDavid Brown, George Jennings, Lorenzo Pedrini

 Special edition of Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, edited and introduction by David Brown, George Jennings, Lorenzo Pedrini 

 As well as introducing the articles in the ERQ special issue on «Cultures of Combat. Body, Culture, Identity», this extended editorial provides a conceptual discussion of the idea of cultures of combat and how, through these, embodied cultural identities emerge. First we highlight a composite term «cultures of combat» as an alternative way of articulating the common ground between martial arts cultures and combat sports. In so doing, we identify the «body problem» of interpersonal physical conflict as universally experienced, which gives rise to particularised cultures of combat emerging as solutions to this problem across culture and history. Following this, we bring together the largely parallel literatures of physical culture and body cultures to highlight their combined importance in understanding how we might study cultures of combat. Finally, we consider the diffusion of cultures of combat through mobility, globalisation, glocalisation and reinvention. These dynamics help explain the transformation of cultures of combat and the identities emerging from them across time and space. 


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Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa


Societa Editrice Il Mulino


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Brown, David, Jennings, George , Pedrini, Lorenzo (2019) Introduction, in "Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, Rivista quadrimestrale" 3/2019, pp. 297-316, doi: 10.3240/95526

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Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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David Brown George Jennings

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  • Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory
  • Physical Health Education for Lifelong Learning

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