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The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts

By: Sanchez Garcia, Raul (Universidad Europea Madrid, Spain)

Part of the Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society series
0367499266 / 9780367499266
Paperback / softback
Published 01/05/2020
United Kingdom
156 x 234 mm 240 pages, 5 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Illustrations, black and white
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly  Learn More Undergraduate

This is the first long-term analysis of the development of Japanese martial arts, connecting ancient martial traditions with the martial arts practised today.

The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts captures the complexity of the emergence and development of martial traditions within the broader Japanese Civilising Process.

The book traces the structured process in which warriors' practices became systematised and expanded to the Japanese population and the world.

Using the theoretical framework of Norbert Elias's process-sociology and drawing on rich empirical data, the book also compares the development of combat practices in Japan, England, France and Germany, making a new contribution to our understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics of state formation.

Throughout this analysis light is shed onto a gender blind spot, taking into account the neglected role of women in martial arts. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts is important reading for students of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Sport, Sociology of Physical Activity, Historical Development of Sport in Society, Asian Studies, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport, and Sports History and Culture.

It is also a fascinating resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in the historical and socio-cultural aspects of combat sport and martial arts.


1FPJ Japan, JHBS Sociology: sport & leisure, WSTM Oriental martial arts

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