Towards the 'undoing' of gender in mixed-sex martial arts and combat sports

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Channon, Alex (2014) Towards the 'undoing' of gender in mixed-sex martial arts and combat sports Societies, 4 (4). pp. 587-605. ISSN 2075-4698

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Abstract

This paper addresses sex integration in martial arts and combat sports, discussing the implications of mixed-sex training for challenging orthodox Western constructions of gender. Drawing on qualitative interviews with 37 long-term martial arts practitioners from around the English East Midlands between 2007–2011, the paper argues that restrictive, essentialist and hierarchal conceptions of sex difference can be challenged through integrated training practices. The paper advocates the “undoing” of gender in this regard as helping to build a more progressive, inclusive and liberal form of physical culture, seen as a key potential of sex-integrated training. To that end, the paper makes a number of proposals for instructors and practitioners interested in developing such inclusive environments in their own clubs and training settings.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies > L321 Women's Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L322 Men's studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.3390/soc4040587
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 09:17
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14460

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