Boxing Masculinity and Identity

Boxing  Masculinity and Identity

The violent spectacle of boxing and its physical dangers for boxers suggest the appeal of unconscious aspects of identification. Traditional masculinities as enacted in boxing may offer the promise of secure boundaries to the self but ...

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

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: 9781136804908

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 636

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

A History of Boxing in Mexico

A History of Boxing in Mexico

For example, see Tony Jefferson, “'Hard Men' and 'Iron' Mike Tyson: Reflections on Desire, Anxiety and the Embodiment of Masculinity,” Body & Society 4, no. 1 (1998): 77–98; Kath Woodward, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity: The “I” of ...

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

Amateur

Amateur

*Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction *Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Memoir/Biography *Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize One of The Times UK’s Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed’s Best ...

Author: Thomas Page McBee

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 9781501168758

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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*Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction *Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Memoir/Biography *Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize One of The Times UK’s Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed’s Best Nonfiction of 2018, Autostraddle’s Best LGBT Books of 2018, Book Riot’s Best Queer Books of 2018, and 52 Insight’s Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 A “no-holds-barred examination of masculinity” (BuzzFeed) and violence from award-winning author Thomas Page McBee. In this “refreshing and radical” (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man—and what being a “good” man even means—through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described “amateur” at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of gender in society, examining sexism, toxic masculinity, and privilege. As he questions the limitations of gender roles and the roots of masculine aggression, he finds intimacy, hope, and even love in the experience of boxing and in his role as a man in the world. Despite personal history and cultural expectations, “Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight” (The A.V. Club). “Sharp and precise, open and honest,” (Women’s Review of Books), McBee’s writing asks questions “relevant to all people, trans or not” (New York Newsday). Through interviews with experts in neuroscience, sociology, and critical race theory, he constructs a deft and thoughtful examination of the role of men in contemporary society. Amateur is a graceful and uncompromising look at gender by a fearless, fiercely honest writer.
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

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

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

Fighting Identity

Fighting Identity

... the jungle: Boxing, racialization and the performance of masculinity. Leisure Studies, 23(1), 5–17. doi:10.1080/0261436042000182281 Woodward, K. (2006). Boxing, masculinity and identity. The “I” of the tiger. Routledge.

Author: Amit Singh

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000771343

Category: Social Science

Page: 151

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This book is an immersive ethnographic account of how fighters at a Polish-owned Muay Thai/kickboxing gym in East London seek to reject prior identity markers in favour of constructing one another as the same, as fighters, a category supposedly free from the negative assumptions and limitations associated with prior ascriptions such as race, class, gender and sexuality. It explores questions of subjectivity and identity by examining how and why fighters sought to disavow identity, which involved casting aside pre-established ways of thinking, feeling and acting about constructed differences to forge deep bonds of carnal convivial friendships. Yet, this book argues that becoming a fighter is highly socially contingent and remains subject to rupture due to the durability of taken-for-granted thinking about race, gender and sexuality, which, if drawn upon, could pull people out of the category of fighter and back into longer-standing durable categories. This book deploys Butler's theory of performativity and Bourdieu's conceptualisation of habitus to explore the context-specific ways people transgress identity whilst remaining attentive to the constrained nature of agency. The book is intended for undergraduate and master's students on courses looking at race, racism, gender, social anthropology, sociology and sociology 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

View: 429

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