Modern Gladiators: Why is Total Fighting Becoming Popular in Japan?


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Yokoyama, Kensuke (2009) Modern Gladiators: Why is Total Fighting Becoming Popular in Japan? VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, Saarbrücken. ISBN 9783639163421

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This book examines 'total fighting', which is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, from several different angles with particular reference to the issue of violence, and, at the end, to evaluate the appropriateness of the theory of the civilising process, first suggested by Norbert Elias, for understanding a relatively contemporary spectator-oriented violent sport, such as total fighting. This book has two dimensions: first, the development of combative sports, such as bujutsu, budo and professional wrestling (all of which have a close relationship to total fighting) as well as total fighting, was examined in order to understand the emergence and growing popularity of total fighting in the 1990s in the context of the historical development of combative sports in Japan; second, the case study of total fighting itself was contextualised in the broader context of culture and the issue of violence in contemporary Japan. These interrelated analyses were informed by a period of exploratory fieldwork in Japan, and this context was reviewed in the light of a broader theoretical discussion concerning the theory of the civilising process.

Item Type: Authored book
Uncontrolled Keywords: total fighting; violent sports; Japan; violence; combative sports;
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L710 Human and Social Geography by area > L712 Human and Social Geography of Asia
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 13:34

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