Contributors; Glossary; Chapter 1: Introduction: Carnal Ethnography as Path to Embodied Knowledge - Raul Sanchez Garcia and Dale C. Spencer; Chapter 2: Habitus as Topic and Tool: Reflections on Becoming a Prizefighter - Loic Wacquant; Chapter 3: In Search of a Martial Habitus: Identifying Core Dispositions in Wing Chun and Taijiquan - David Brown and George Jennings; Chapter 4: Each More Agile Than the Other: Mental and Physical Enculturation in 'Capoeira Regional' - Sara Delamont and Neil Stephens; Chapter 5: 'There Is No Try in Tae Kwon Do': Reflexive Body Techniques in Action - Elizabeth Graham; Chapter 6: 'It Is About Your Body Recognizing the Move and Automatically Doing It': Merleau-Ponty, Habit and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Bryan Hogeveen; Chapter 7: 'Do You Hit Girls?': Some Striking Moments in the Career of a Male Martial Artist - Alex Channon; Chapter 8: The Teacher's Blessing and the Withheld Hand: Two Vignettes of Somatic Learning in South India's Indigenous Martial Art Kalarippayattu - Sara K. Schneider; Chapter 9: White Men Don't Flow: Embodied Aesthetics of the Fifty-Two Hand Blocks - Thomas Green; Chapter 10: Japanese Religions and Kyudo (Japanese Archery): An Anthropological Perspective - Einat Bar-On Cohen; Chapter 11: Taming the Habitus: The Gym and the Dojo as 'Civilizing Workshops' - Raul Sanchez Garcia; Chapter 12: 'Authenticity', Muay Thai and Habitus - Dale C. Spencer; Chapter 13: Conclusion: Present and Future Lines of Research - Raul Sanchez Garcia and Dale C. Spencer; Epilogue: Homines in Extremis: What Fighting Scholars Teach Us about Habitus - Loic Wacquant; References
'Fighting Scholars' offers the first book-length overview of the ethnographic study of martial arts and combat sports from the viewpoint of a 'carnal sociology'.
Raul Sanchez Garcia is associate professor in the Department of Theory, Organization and Recreation at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Dale C. Spencer is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba.