Gendered Bodies, Gendered Injuries

Woodward, Kath (2022). Gendered Bodies, Gendered Injuries. In: Wagg, S. and Pollock, A.M. eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 207–222.



This chapter is about boxing and gender. Boxing does appear to be distinctive in that the intention of its practitioners is to inflict damage upon opponents, whilst as far as possible, avoiding injury themselves. Boxing is a sport that has been characterised and often stereotyped as one which is particularly violent. Not only are bodies central to boxing, but also damaged bodies and pain are integral to the sport.

The chapter explores some of the interrelationships between bodies and flesh and the injuries they incur and the cultural, social situations in which damage is inflicted upon boxing bodies. The particular focus of the chapter is upon the gendered identities, which are implicated in the social context of the culture of boxing.

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