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The culture of boxing: sensation and affect

Woodward, Kath (2011). The culture of boxing: sensation and affect. Sport in History, 31(4) pp. 487–503.

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This article uses Oates’s distinction between drama and what is real to explore the culture of boxing and its continuing, if contradictory, appeal through different cultural forms. Boxing poses a cultural dilemma and raises questions about how something so apparently brutal retains its hold on contemporary culture. The material properties of boxing invoke the senses and prioritize corporeal, enfleshed engagement. Oates also applies the notion of authenticity to men’s boxing. Thus the focus of this article is upon the capacities of boxing and its affects and the particularities of the event of boxing which make its dramas real, wherever they are enacted, as well as the forces in play which create particular versions of masculinity which are enmeshed with the affects of boxing.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The British Society of Sports History
ISSN: 1746-0271
Keywords: boxing; sensation; affect; culture; cinema; event
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 31085
Depositing User: Kath Woodward
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 13:26
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 22:11
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