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Enter the discourse: Exploring the discursive roots of inclusivity in mixed-sex martial arts

Enter the discourse: Exploring the discursive roots of inclusivity in mixed-sex martial arts

Channon, Alex Guy (2013) Enter the discourse: Exploring the discursive roots of inclusivity in mixed-sex martial arts. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16 (10). pp. 1293-1308. ISSN 1743-0437 (Print), 1743-0445 (Online) (doi:10.1080/17430437.2013.790896)

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Abstract

In this paper, I explore the discursive roots of inclusivity in mixed-sex martial arts training in the UK. On the basis of data from two qualitative studies conducted in the East Midlands, I briefly account for the level of integration among several martial arts schools, before focusing on the unique meanings of martial arts that appeared to facilitate the normalization of this integration among participants. Drawing on insights from queer feminist theory, I argue that the discursive framing of martial arts in contemporary Western culture is significant in the generation and normalization of mixed-sex inclusivity in these settings. As such, I suggest that scholars interested in the potential of sex-integrated sports for challenging dominant sexual hierarchies should be attentive to the unique discursive meanings of specific sports cultures, which may be generative of possibilities for radical forms of embodiment and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in SPORT IN SOCIETY: CULTURES, COMMERCE, MEDIA, POLITICS, on 01/05/2013, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2013.790896.
Uncontrolled Keywords: martial arts, combat sports, mixed-sex, co-ed, sport, sociology of sport, sport and gender, gender studies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Secondary Education
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/9889

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