By D. S. Farrer,John Whalen-Bridge
This landmark paintings presents a wide-ranging scholarly attention of the normal Asian martial arts. lots of the members to the amount 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 learn contains ethnography and methods from movie, literature, functionality, and theater studies.
Three vital points emerge from this ebook: martial arts as embodied fable, as a culturally embedded kind of self-cultivation, and as a continuing technique of identification formation. members discover a number of well known and intellectual cultural concerns, together with the profession of Bruce Lee, chinese language wuxia motion pictures, and Don DeLillo’s novel working puppy. Ethnographies explored describe how the social physique trains in martial arts and the way martial arts are developed in transnational education. finally, this educational learn of martial arts deals a focus for brand spanking new understandings of cultural and social ideals and of perform and agency.
“…a major and intensely leading edge piece of labor that could be a needs to learn for everybody drawn to martial arts experiences. Martial Arts as Embodied wisdom exhibits that conventional martial arts can't be studied as static entities; the social, cultural and old context should be considered … this booklet offers insights for extra paintings in different instructions … deals nutrients for deep notion and provides considerably to our knowing of conventional Asian martial arts.” — idrottsforum.org
“The ebook effectively demonstrates that martial arts and different conventional artwork varieties aren't static entities. as an alternative they reply to altering environments via a means of consistent reinvention.” — Thomas A. eco-friendly, coeditor of Martial Arts of the area: An Encyclopedia of historical past and Innovation
“Taken jointly, those essays provide a brand new photo of Asian martial arts as a transnational phenomenon, starting from Singapore’s protection of chinese language traditions to British version of Indian martial arts for the level and African utilization of Okinawan traditions. seeing that martial arts are the most well-known traditions to have originated in Asia, it's helpful to work out precisely how they're seen 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 a number of books, together with (with Gary Storhoff) American Buddhism as a life-style, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.
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Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World by D. S. Farrer,John Whalen-Bridge