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The rules of engagement: Negotiating painful and "intimate" touch in mixed-sex martial arts

The rules of engagement: Negotiating painful and "intimate" touch in mixed-sex martial arts

Channon, Alex and Jennings, George (2013) The rules of engagement: Negotiating painful and "intimate" touch in mixed-sex martial arts. Sociology of Sport Journal, 30 (4). pp. 487-503. ISSN 0741-1235 (Print), 1543-2785 (Online)

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Abstract

Within the sociology of sport and its related disciplines, martial arts have become increasingly popular sites for research on embodiment, gender and society. While much previous work in this area has focused upon the embodied experiences of either male or female practitioners, relatively few studies have directly addressed the social significance of mixed-sex practice. In this empirically-focused paper, we draw on qualitative, semi-structured interviews with both male and female long-term exponents of various different martial arts disciplines in England, exploring experiences of inter-sex touch within training. Within a social-constructionist, feminist framework, we suggest that heteronormative, patriarchal and paternalistic gender structures can potentially be challenged through sustained mixed-sex practice. As such, this article contributes to work on transformative sporting bodies, martial arts and gender subversion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT JOURNAL, vol. 30, no. 4, 2013, copyright Human Kinetics, available online at: http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/Documents/DocumentItem/04_channon_SSJ_20130010_ej.pdf.
Uncontrolled Keywords: martial arts, sex, gender, co-ed, integration, touch
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Secondary Education
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11021

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