By Dale C. Spencer

combined martial arts (MMA) is an emergent activity the place opponents in a hoop or cage make the most of moves (punches, kicks, elbows and knees) in addition to submission strategies to defeat rivals. This ebook explores the carnal adventure of scuffling with via a sensory ethnography of MMA, and the way it transgresses the cultural scripts of masculinity in pop culture. in response to 4 years of player remark in an area MMA membership and in-depth interviews with novice MMA opponents, Spencer files warring parties' education regimes and the meanings they connect to participation within the recreation. Drawing from the philosophical phenomenology of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy, this e-book develops bodies-centered ontological and epistemological grounding for this examine. Guided by means of this sort of place, it locations our bodies on the heart of research of MMA and elucidates the embodied adventure of discomfort and harm, and the feel and rhythms of fighting.

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