Boxing Masculinity and Identity

Boxing  Masculinity and Identity

Essential reading for anyone interested in the sociology of sport and cultural representations of gender, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity brings together ethnographic research with material from film, literature and journalism.

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136804830

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Boxing is infused with ideas about masculinity, power, race and social class, and as such is an ideal lens through which social scientists can examine key modern themes. In addition, its inherent contradictions of extreme violence and beauty and of discipline and excess have long been a source of inspiration for writers and film makers. Essential reading for anyone interested in the sociology of sport and cultural representations of gender, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity brings together ethnographic research with material from film, literature and journalism. Through this combination of theoretical insight and cultural awareness, Woodward explores the social constructs around boxing and our experience and understanding of central issues including: masculinity mind, body and the construction of identity spectacle and performance: tensions between the public and private person boxing on film: the role of cultural representations in building identities methodologies: issues of authenticity and ‘truth’ in social science.
Categories: Social Science

Globalizing Boxing

Globalizing Boxing

Women Boxing (2012), http://www.womenboxing.com/ (Last accessed, April 22nd 2012) Women Boxing China (2012), ... (2006), Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: The “I” of the Tiger, London: Routledge. ———. (2007), 'On and Off the Pitch: ...

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781849667999

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. Boxing is a traditional sport in many ways, characterized by continuities in the form of practices and regulations and heavy with legends and heroes reflecting its traditional/historical values. Associations with class, hegemonic masculinity and racialized inclusions/exclusions, however, sit alongside developments such as women's boxing and involvement in Mixed Martial Arts. This book will be the first to use boxing as a vehicle for exploring social, cultural and political change in a global context. It will consider to what degree and in what ways boxing reflects social transformations, and whether and how it contributes to those transformations. In exploring the relationship it will provide new ways of thinking critically about the everyday.
Categories: Political Science

The Criminology of Boxing Violence and Desistance

The Criminology of Boxing  Violence and Desistance

controlling 111 and identity 53, 59–60 and masculinity 52 size 53 and success 112–13 as temple 110–11 used both as weapon and tool to achieve goals 27 violence against 73, 82 Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer (Wacquant) 7 ...

Author: Jump, Deborah

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781529203288

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Can the boxing gym be recognised as an effective space for supporting desistance? Exploring the psychosocial manifestations of boxing, this enlightening study reviews conflicting evidence to determine boxing’s place in the criminal justice system. Drawing upon the empirical insights, with case studies of participants’ backgrounds and their motivations for taking up the sport, Jump measures the value of the discipline, as well as the respect and fraternity that some claim boxing provides for young men. This is a perceptive addition to the debate about sport’s role in criminal desistance that delves deep into themes of masculinity and violence.
Categories: Social Science

On Boxing

On Boxing

In the present context, we must emphasize that while boxer cool may typically be gendered 'masculine', it is not necessarily or in ... We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity. ... Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: The 'I' of the Tiger.

Author: Joseph D Lewandowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000510430

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

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This book is a philosophical and cultural critique of contemporary boxing. It broadens and deepens our understanding of the empirically and normatively entwined complexities of a sport that is often misunderstood and all too easily reduced to stereotypes. Moving between and among work in ethnography, sociology, urban studies and, especially, the philosophy of sport, and drawing on research in boxing gyms in the US, the book presents a stereoscopic view of professional boxing as both situated cultural practice and formalized competitive sport. It takes us inside and outside the ring in discussions of the cultural embeddedness of boxing and boxing gyms, the formation of pugilistic selfhood and ‘boxer cool’, the nature and function of combat sport violence and sparring, and the aesthetics and ethics of cornering a boxing match. With its interdisciplinary focus on the empirical and normative dimensions of professional pugilism, On Boxing makes explicit the bittersweetness of the ‘sweet science’ and provides a new theoretical framework for analysing boxing and, indeed, sport in general. Written for a broad audience, this is important reading for scholars and students working in the areas of philosophy and sociology of sport and combat sport studies, as well as policy makers, coaches, and commentators engaged in the sport of boxing.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Masculinities Gender Relations and Sport

Masculinities  Gender Relations  and Sport

Boxing and Masculinity Wacquant (1992) asserted but failed to articulate his position that “Needless to say, all members are men: The gym ... ethnicity, class, and industrial culture interact with masculine identity in boxing culture.

Author: Jim McKay

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452263717

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Exploring the more sophisticated and nuanced perspective in the era of sports dominance in America, athletics have become both a metaphor and reality of American masculinity. Edited by three of the leading scholars at the intersection of masculinity and sports studies, this volume offers a fascinating articulation on the state of athletics in modern society. Each part of this volume examines a significant arena and tackles some of the most deeply rooted issues within the field of sports. From the mechanisms by which masculinity is interwoven into sports, to the violence encoded within the field, this book provides an insiders look at the state of gender relations being contested and transformed.
Categories: Social Science

Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport

Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport

Competing Masculinities in the Windsurfing Culture', in B. Wheaton (ed.), Understanding Lifestyle Sports: Consumption, Identity and Difference, London: Routledge. ... Woodward, K. (2006), Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: ...

Author: Victoria Robinson

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9781845201371

Category: Social Science

Page: 183

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Rock climbing is one of today's most popular 'extreme sports.' Although many women are involved, the sport retains a particularly male image and culture. Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport presents the first in-depth study of rock climbing in the UK, analysing what it reveals about the contemporary construction and performance of masculinity through sport.One of the key concerns of the book is the relationship between everyday masculinity and the pursuit of the extraordinary through sport. Drawing on insights from sociology and gender studies, the book challenges traditional approaches to the analysis of sport.
Categories: Social Science

A Companion to American Sport History

A Companion to American Sport History

... Boxers” (2000) Christine Mennesson unpacks the multiplicity of femininities that women represent in the prize ring, juxtaposing Kath Woodward's ethnography on masculinities in the sport, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity (2007).

Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118609408

Category: History

Page: 704

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A Companion to American Sport History presents acollection of original essays that represent the firstcomprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing fieldof American sport history. Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarshiprelating to the academic history of American sport Features contributions from many of the finest scholars workingin the field of American sport history Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonialtimes to the present day, including major sports such as baseball,football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and trackand field Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization,technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sportsbiography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
Categories: History

A History of Boxing in Mexico

A History of Boxing in Mexico

A History of Boxing in Mexico builds off the work of Judith Butler in asserting the importance of performance to establishing Mexican and masculine identities. Butler characterizes gender as “an identity instituted through a stylized ...

Author: Stephen D. Allen

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 9780826358561

Category: History

Page: 272

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The violent sport of boxing shaped and was shaped by notions of Mexican national identity during the twentieth century. This book reveals how boxing and boxers became sources of national pride and sparked debates on what it meant to be Mexican, masculine, and modern. The success of world-champion Mexican boxers played a key role in the rise of Los Angeles as the center of pugilistic activity in the United States. This international success made the fighters potent symbols of a Mexican culture that was cosmopolitan, nationalist, and masculine. With research in archives on both sides of the border, the author uses their life stories to trace the history and meaning of Mexican boxing.
Categories: History

Sport in Films

Sport in Films

7 Woodward, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity, 138. 8 Boyle, Millington and Vertinsky, 'Representing the Female Pugilist'. 9 For work that documents the lived experienced of women boxers see Halbert, 'Tough Enough and Woman Enough', ...

Author: Emma Poulton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317996262

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Sport offers everything a good story should have: heroes and villains, triumph and disaster, achievement and despair, tension and drama. Consequently, sport makes for a compelling film narrative and films, in turn, are a vivid medium for sport. Yet despite its regularity as a central theme in motion pictures, constructions and representations of sport and athletes have been marginalised in terms of serious analysis within the longstanding academic study of films and documentaries. In this collection, it is the critical study of film and its connections to sport that are examined. The collection is one of the first of its kind to examine the ways in which sport has been used in films as a metaphor for other areas of social life. Among the themes and issues explored by the contributors are: Morality tales in which good triumphs over evil The representation and ideological framing of social identities, including class, gender, race and nationality The representation of key issues pertinent to sport, including globalization, politics, commodification, consumerism, and violence The meanings ‘spoken’ by films – and the various ‘readings’ which audiences make of them This is a timely collection that draws together a diverse range of accessible, insightful and ground-breaking new essays. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Categories: Performing Arts

Planet Sport

Planet Sport

This is an engaging and concise introduction to some of the big issues in contemporary debates about sport in globalised societies, and will appeal to students, academics and general readers alike.

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415681117

Category: Social Science

Page: 100

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Sport generates some of the most intense feelings and levels of commitment. It is big business globally, but also the source of the most powerful personal identifications and individual and collective pleasures. Sporting events are routine and embodied, whether in the gym, on the field or at the training ground, and they are also spectacular, for example in mega events at the stadium or, for followers at a distance, through the media of television, radio and the Internet. Large numbers of people are caught up in personal and collective investment and public engagement with sport. Why does it matter so much? In this book, Woodward demonstrates why sport matters and how, arguing that we should take sport seriously, and explore what is social about it. Sport is not just another domain to which social theories can be applied; it is also distinctive and generates new ways of thinking about social issues and debates. Sport is affected by the global economy and social, political and cultural processes – but it also shapes the wider social terrain of which it is part. Sport reproduces inequalities as well as offering opportunities. It is not always a level playing field. Sport is more than play. Planet Sport is an engaging and concise introduction to some of the big issues in contemporary debates about sport in globalised societies, and will appeal to students, academics and general readers alike.
Categories: Social Science