Reinventing the body-self: intense, gendered and heightened sensorial experiences of women's boxing embodiment.

Owton, Helen (2015). Reinventing the body-self: intense, gendered and heightened sensorial experiences of women's boxing embodiment. In: Channon, Alexander and Matthews, Christopher R. eds. Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sport: Women Warriors around the world. Global Culture and Sport Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 221–236.

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Abstract

This chapter draws upon data generated by an autoethnographic research project on sporting embodiment within the physical cultures of boxing. The researcher participated in women's boxing with an aim to become a fully-fledged insider member of a boxing club, keeping detailed and critical field notes. Commensurate with a feminist phenomenological approach, key findings are portrayed through the use of vignettes and poems; grounded in the female lived-body, with a focus on the gendered dimensions of embodiment, as well as the intense and heightened sensorial forms of embodiment encountered in the physical and masculinist cultures of boxing. Findings of this research aim to explore the intense and heightened sensorial aspects and generate potent insights into the female boxing carnal experiences as lived and felt in the flesh.

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