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Cultural Sociology

Boxing, the Gym, and Men

The Mark of the Fist

Authors: Beauchez, Jérôme

  • Examines why boxers risk serious bodily injury in the ringApplies the concepts of 'social revenge' and violence
  • Includes fascinating ethnographic vignettes 
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This book explores the lived experiences of boxers in a French banlieue, largely populated by people from working-class and immigrant backgrounds. Jérôme Beauchez, who joined in the men’s daily workouts for many years, analyzes the act of boxing as a high-stakes confrontation that extends well beyond the walls of the gym. Exploring the physical and existential realities of combat, the author provides a multifaceted “thick description” of this world and shows that the violence faced by the gym’s members is not so much to be found in the ring as in the adversity of everyday racism and social exclusion. Boxing can therefore be understood as an act of resistance that is about more than simply fighting an opponent and that reflects all the existential struggles facing these men who are both stigmatized and socially dominated by race and class.

About the authors

Jérôme Beauchez is Associate Professor of sociology and anthropology at the Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne, France, and a researcher at the Centre Max Weber and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Stranger: Portrait of the Boxer as a Young Man

    Beauchez, Jérôme

    Pages 3-19

  • Incorporating the Novice: The Elementary Forms of the Boxing Experience

    Beauchez, Jérôme

    Pages 21-41

  • The Punching Factory: Boxers and Daily Life

    Beauchez, Jérôme

    Pages 43-67

  • When Boxers “Put on the Gloves”: Sparring and the Limits of the Fighter’s Institutionalization

    Beauchez, Jérôme

    Pages 69-96

  • Counting the Blows: The Mark(s) of Exile

    Beauchez, Jérôme

    Pages 99-126

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56029-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56028-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Boxing, the Gym, and Men
Book Subtitle
The Mark of the Fist
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56029-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56029-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56028-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 240
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