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Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a by D. S. Farrer,John Whalen-Bridge

By D. S. Farrer,John Whalen-Bridge

A wide-ranging scholarly attention of the martial arts.

This landmark paintings presents a wide-ranging scholarly attention of the conventional Asian martial arts. many of the participants to the quantity are practitioners of the martial arts, and all are keenly acutely aware that those traditions now exist in a transnational context. The book’s state of the art examine comprises ethnography and techniques from movie, literature, functionality, and theater studies.

Three primary elements emerge from this publication: martial arts as embodied myth, as a culturally embedded kind of self-cultivation, and as a continuing means of identification formation. participants discover numerous well known and intellectual cultural issues, together with the profession of Bruce Lee, chinese language wuxia movies, and Don DeLillo’s novel operating puppy. Ethnographies explored describe how the social physique trains in martial arts and the way martial arts are built in transnational education. eventually, this educational examine of martial arts bargains a focus for brand spanking new understandings of cultural and social ideals and of perform and agency.

“…a major and intensely cutting edge piece of labor that could be a needs to learn for everybody attracted to martial arts reviews. Martial Arts as Embodied wisdom exhibits that conventional martial arts can't be studied as static entities; the social, cultural and historic context has to be considered … this e-book offers insights for additional paintings in different instructions … deals nutrition for deep notion and provides considerably to our knowing of conventional Asian martial arts.” —

“The publication effectively demonstrates that martial arts and different conventional artwork varieties aren't static entities. as a substitute they reply to altering environments through a strategy of consistent reinvention.” — Thomas A. eco-friendly, coeditor of Martial Arts of the realm: An Encyclopedia of heritage and Innovation

“Taken jointly, those essays provide a brand new photo of Asian martial arts as a transnational phenomenon, starting from Singapore’s upkeep of chinese language traditions to British edition of Indian martial arts for the degree and African utilization of Okinawan traditions. considering martial arts are some of the most well-known traditions to have originated in Asia, it really is helpful to determine precisely how they're considered or practiced around the globe, from a scholarly perspective.” — Margaret B. Wan, writer of eco-friendly Peony and the increase of the chinese language Martial Arts Novel

D. S. Farrer is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology on the collage of Guam and the writer of Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism.

John Whalen-Bridge is affiliate Professor of English on the nationwide college of Singapore and the editor of numerous books, together with (with Gary Storhoff) American Buddhism as a life-style, additionally released by means of SUNY Press.

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