The rules of engagement: negotiating painful and 'intimate' touch in mixed-sex martial arts

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Channon, Alex and Jennings, George (2014) 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

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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, semistructured interviews with both male and female long-term exponents of various different martial arts disciplines in England, exploring experiences of intersex 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: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2013 Human Kinetics, as accepted for publication
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies > L321 Women's Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L322 Men's studies
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 08:28
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14396

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