Martial Arts Studies and the Sociology of Gender: Theory, Research and Pedagogical Application

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In this chapter, I offer an outline of the interrelation of two fields of study, namely martial arts studies and gender studies. I begin with a brief rationale of how the study of martial arts and combat sports (hereafter, MACS) can illuminate the sociology of gender, and vice-versa, of how attending to the core concerns of gender studies can add important dimensions of enquiry to the field of martial arts studies. The chapter then progresses on to discuss
two short thematic cases, illustrated through my own and others’ research, to show how questions of interaction, performativity and power can be addressed through a combined focus on gender and martial arts. I conclude by arguing that the potential for MACS to challenge normative constructions of gender requires purposeful pedagogical action, the likes of which martial
arts studies researchers are well placed to develop through critical academic enquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Martial Arts Studies Reader
EditorsPaul Bowman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRowman and Littlefield international
ISBN (Print)9781786605481
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Bibliographical note

This is the author’s original version of a chapter published in the book, ‘The Martial Arts Studies Reader’, edited by Paul Bowman. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018.

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