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The definition of Martial Arts Studies

Bowman, Paul 2017. The definition of Martial Arts Studies. Martial Arts Studies 3 , pp. 6-23. 10.18573/j.2017.10092

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This article argues against all forms of scientism and the widespread perceived need to define martial arts in order to study martial arts or ‘do’ martial arts studies. It argues instead for the necessity of theory before definition, including theorisation of the orientation of the field of martial arts studies itself. Accordingly, the chapter criticises certain previous (and current) academic approaches to martial arts, particularly the failed project of hoplology. It then examines the much more promising approaches of current scholarship, such as that of Sixt Wetzler, before critiquing certain aspects of its orientation. Instead of accepting Wetzler’s ‘polysystem theory’ approach uncritically, the article argues instead for the value of a poststructuralist ‘discourse’ approach in martial arts studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2057-5696
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 13 December 2016
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 14:50

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