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

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Channon, Alex (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

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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: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, vol. 16, no. 10, 2013, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2013.790896
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C813 Sport and Exercise Psychology
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17430437.2013.790896
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 08:18
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14398

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