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posted on 26.04.2022, 13:03 authored by Mikel Pérez-Gutiérrez, David BrownDavid Brown, Eduardo Álvarez-del-Palacio, Carlos Gutiérrez-García

 This article presents one analytical theme emerging from a bibliometric and content analysis of an annotated bibliography, compiled by the first author, comprising 1564 Asian martial arts monographs published in Spain between 1906 and 2009. The analysis reveals that the use of Asian martial arts and religio-spiritual self-cultivation practices, while very old in their indigenous South East Asian context, only appeared in published texts in Spain from the 1960s and this theme has been increasingly written about in the last two decades. In our analytical discussion, we contextualise this shift from a socio-historical perspective, focusing on three aspects: first and second, how this shift in focus in Asian Martial Art publishing fits with the patterns of societal secularisation in Spain, the rise of the New Age movement and counter-cultural spiritualities across Western culture; third, we comment on how, from this broader socio-historical context, Asian martial arts were well placed to fill ‘cultural spaces’ created by these changes. 

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Published in

The International Journal of the History of Sport

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Pérez-Gutiérrez, M., Brown, D.H., Álvarez-del-Palacio, E. and Gutiérrez-García, C. (2015) 'The (Re) Emergence of a religio-spiritual self-cultivation focus in Asian martial arts monographs published in Spain (1906–2009)', The International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(2), pp.200-217

Print ISSN

0952-3367

Electronic ISSN

1743-9035

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

David Brown

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Social Theory

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Language

en