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Show, don't tell: Making martial arts studies matter

Bowman, Paul and Judkins, Benjamin N. 2018. Show, don't tell: Making martial arts studies matter. Martial Arts Studies 5 , pp. 1-14. 10.18573/mas.46

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How can we make martial arts studies matter? Returning to the issues of triviality and legitimation raised in the Spring 2017 editorial, in this essay we explore various strategies for conveying the intellectual importance of our work to a scholarly but non-specialist readership. In recent years the field of martial arts studies has made impressive strides in terms of both growth and public exposure. Yet this success suggests that increasingly gatekeepers in the form of editors, funding bodies and promotion committees will have an impact on the development of our field. Appealing to such readers is a critical next step in the creation of martial arts studies. The first draft of this editorial was presented by Benjamin Judkins as a keynote at the July 2017 Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University. It has subsequently been edited to reflect the opinions of both authors and the current context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 January 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 January 2018
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 13:29

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