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The wrestler's body : identity and ideology in north India

Author: Joseph S Alter
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells the story of a way of life organized in terms of physical self-development. While Indian wrestlers are competitive athletes, they are also moral reformers whose conception of self and society is fundamentally somatic. Using the insights of anthropology, Joseph Alter writes an ethnography of the wrestler's physique that elucidates the somatic structure of the wrestler's identity and ideology.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Alter, Joseph S.
Wrestler's body.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992
(DLC) 91031560
(OCoLC)24375966
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph S Alter
ISBN: 9780520912175 0520912179 0585111375 9780585111377 0520076974 9780520076976
OCLC Number: 44965964
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Search and Research --
The Akhara: Where Earth Is Turned Into Gold --
Gurus and Chelas: The Alchemy of Discipleship --
The Patron and the Wrestler --
The Discipline of the Wrestler's Body --
Nag Panchami: Snakes, Sex, and Semen --
Wrestling Tournaments and the Body's Recreation --
Hanuman: Shakti, Bhakti, and Brahmacharya --
The Sannyasi and the Wrestler --
Utopian Somatics and Nationalist Discourse --
The Individual Re-Formed.
Responsibility: Joseph S. Alter.
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