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Asking the question: Is martial arts studies an academic field?

Bowman, Paul 2015. Asking the question: Is martial arts studies an academic field? Martial Arts Studies 1 , pp. 3-19. 10.18573/j.2015.10015

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This article proposes that the emerging field of martial arts studies will benefit by engaging as thoroughly with questions of disciplinarity as with questions of martial arts. It argues that thorough and self-reflexive attention to the problems and possibilities associated with academic work as such will greatly enrich martial arts studies and enable it to develop into as vital and dynamic a field as possible. The article explores martial arts studies in terms of the recent history of disciplinary transformation in the university via the case of cultural studies, and then goes on to explore two different kinds of approach to the academic study of martial arts (first, the work of Farrer and Whalen-Bridge, and then that of Stanley Henning). The article is an extract from Chapter One of Martial Arts Studies: Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries (Bowman 2015). It is reproduced here with kind permission of the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield International.

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: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 08:57

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