Boxing is infused with ideas about masculinity, power, race and social class, and as such is a perfect lens wherein social scientists can examine key brand new themes. As well as, its inherent contradictions of extreme violence and beauty and of discipline and excess have long been a source of inspiration for writers and film makers.
Essential reading for any individual interested within the sociology of sport and cultural representations of gender, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity brings together ethnographic research with material from film, literature and journalism. Through this mix of theoretical insight and cultural awareness, Woodward explores the social constructs around boxing and our experience and figuring out of central issues including:
- mind, body and the development of identity
- spectacle and performance: tensions between the private and non-private person
- boxing on film: the role of cultural representations in building identities
- methodologies: issues of authenticity and ‘truth’ in social science.