Boxing, the Gym, and Men

The Mark of the Fist

5be23629919ed.jpg Author Jérôme Beauchez
Isbn 9783319560281
File size 3.9MB
Year 2018
Pages 240
Language English
File format PDF
Category Martial Arts

Book Description:

This book explores the lived experiences of boxers in a French banlieue, largely populated by people from working-class and immigrant backgrounds. Jérôme Beauchez, who joined in the men’s daily workouts for many years, analyzes the act of boxing as a high-stakes confrontation that extends well beyond the walls of the gym. Exploring the physical and existential realities of combat, the author provides a multifaceted “thick description” of this world and shows that the violence faced by the gym’s members is not so much to be found in the ring as in the adversity of everyday racism and social exclusion. Boxing can therefore be understood as an act of resistance that is about more than simply fighting an opponent and that reflects all the existential struggles facing these men who are both stigmatized and socially dominated by race and class.

 

 

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