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‘Do you hit girls?’ Some striking moments in the career of a male martial artist

‘Do you hit girls?’ Some striking moments in the career of a male martial artist

Channon, Alex (2013) ‘Do you hit girls?’ Some striking moments in the career of a male martial artist. In: Sánchez García, Raúl and Spencer, Dale C., (eds.) Fighting Scholars: Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports. Key Issues in Modern Sociology Series . Anthem Press, London, UK, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9780857283320

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Abstract

This paper considers the phenomenon of sex-integrated martial arts training, adopting an auto-ethnographic perspective to outline the transformative potential of physical cultural practices. By foregrounding the concept of habitus, the paper discusses how gendered dispositions are formed, reinforced, and at times challenged, throughout one’s life course. Through a discussion of the author’s own experiences of mixed-sex martial arts training, along with data drawn from observations and interviews with other martial artists, the suggestion is made that (men’s) deeply-held, embodied dispositions and values might be challenged and transformed following experiences at the level of the body, such as ‘being hit by girls’, and indeed ‘hitting girls’, in the context of mixed-sex martial arts practice. The paper suggests that for scholars interested in the potential of sport and related physical activities for ‘subverting’ inequitable formations of gender, such phenomena as the transformative potential of sex integration are worth closer examination.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 7. [2] This paper has been published in the book, ‘Fighting Scholars: Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports’, edited by Raúl Sánchez García and Dale C. Spencer. London: Anthem Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780857283320. Permission granted by publisher to hold full-text on GALA.
Uncontrolled Keywords: martial arts, anthropology, ethnography, habitus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Secondary Education
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10197

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