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Boxing, the gym, and men : the mark of the fist

Author: Jérôme Beauchez
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Series: Cultural sociology.
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This book explores the lived experiences of boxers in a French banlieue, largely populated by people from working-class and immigrant backgrounds. Jérôme Beauchez, who joined in the men's daily workouts for many years, analyzes the act of boxing as a high-stakes confrontation that extends well beyond the walls of the gym. Exploring the physical and existential realities of combat, the author provides a  Read more...
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Beauchez, Jérôme.
Boxing, the gym, and men.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
(DLC) 2017938298
(OCoLC)973910361
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jérôme Beauchez
ISBN: 9783319560298 3319560298
OCLC Number: 1004563521
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Published in France as L'empreinte du poing : la boxe, le gymnase et leurs hommes. Paris : Éditions de l'École, ©2014.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; Part I In Private: Where the Blows Resound; Chapter 1 The Stranger: Portrait of the Boxer as a Young Man; The Boxers' Microcosm; A "Neighborhood" Accent; A "Foreign" Body?; At the Gym: Among One's Own?; In One's People's Name; The Indigène and the Sergeant; From One Training Room to Another; The Circle's Center and Periphery; Two Faces of the Working-Class World; Professional Boxers; A "Side Job"; What Their Fists Know About Fighting; Boxing Amateurs; Students Who "Put on Gloves"; Going Pro; Reasons for Joining; The Heirs of Immigrant Workers. Boxing as Resistance?Chapter 2 Incorporating the Novice: The Elementary Forms of the Boxing Experience; "Work Out!"; "Do What You Can, but Go All the Way!"; In All Lucidity: Enduring Pain; Embodying Boxing; From Virtual Nonexistence ... ; ... To the Agonistic Affirmation of Oneself; Recognizing Oneself Among One's Own; Choosing the "Right People"; An Ethnomethodology of Boxing Selections; With and Against the Other: Boxing as "Enterprise of the Self"; Law of the Ring or Code of the Street?; "Tough Love" as a Group Response; Coda: The Writer, or the "Good for Nothing" Doctor. Chapter 3 The Punching Factory: Boxers and Daily LifeBoxing with Language: Putting Interactions into Words; Hand Games and Language Games; A Learned Irony; Code and Gender: An Ethnography of Conversational Exchange; Governing Bodies: A Behavioral Structure; "You've Got to Be There at 6:15 P.M.!"; Punches as an Ordering Principle; The Duties of the Ring; Acting Cohesively: A Phenomenology of Perceptions; Working Individually, Thinking Cohesively; Doing It Well: Reflecting (on) Hitting; Scaffolding the Practical Sense: An Experiential Transition. Chapter 4 When Boxers "Put on the Gloves": Sparring and the Limits of the Fighter's InstitutionalizationThe Institutionalization of Boxing and Its Limits; A Family Affair; Conceptual Considerations; Putting on the Gloves; At the Gym; Embodying Combat; A Sense for Practice: A Bodily Rhetoric of Honor; Modeling Action: Toward a Bodily Synthesis of the Effective Boxer; Educating the Emotions: Honoring One's Opponent; Violations, or the Negative Definition of Fighting's Boundaries; "Don't Get into the Ring to Be Pitiful!"; Sparring's "Deep Acting." On Excellence's Positive Margins: The Art of Dancing Well in the Solitude of the FightA Clash of Skills; Expert Duels; Making Oneself "Hard to Pain"; Conclusion (at the Boundaries of Boxing's Institutionalization); The Gym and Its Organization: Toward Ethno(bio)graphy; Behavioral Structure and Phenomenology of Perception; Practical Sense and Reasons for Practice; Part II Facing the Other: Trials of the Self; Chapter 5 Counting the Blows: The Mark(s) of Exile; I'll Be a Pastor and a Boxer; Necessary Male(volence); Hot Blood, Cold Bold, and the Poles of the Sacred; There Are More Than Stones.
Series Title: Cultural sociology.
Other Titles: Empreinte du poing.
Responsibility: Jérôme Beauchez ; translated by Michael C. Behrent.

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This book explores the lived experiences of boxers in a French banlieue, largely populated by people from working-class and immigrant backgrounds. Jérôme Beauchez, who joined in the men's daily workouts for many years, analyzes the act of boxing as a high-stakes confrontation that extends well beyond the walls of the gym. Exploring the physical and existential realities of combat, the author provides a multifaceted "thick description" of this world and shows that the violence faced by the gym's members is not so much to be found in the ring as in the adversity of everyday racism and social exclusion. Boxing can therefore be understood as an act of resistance that is about more than simply fighting an opponent and that reflects all the existential struggles facing these men who are both stigmatized and socially dominated by race and class.

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