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Martial arts in the modern world
Green, Thomas A., 1944-
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2003]

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xiii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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GV1102.7.A56 M37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Though generally perceived and advertised as means of self-defense, body sculpting, and self-discipline, martial arts are actually social tools that respond to altered physical, social, and psychological environments. This book examines how practitioners have responded to stimuli such as feminism, globalism, imperialism, militarism, nationalism, slavery, and the commercialization of sport.

Author Notes

THOMAS A. GREEN Associate Professor of Anthropology, Texas A&M University.

JOSEPH R. SVINTH is Editor of Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences .

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Choice Review

Green (anthropolopgy, Texas A&M Univ.) and Svinth (editor of martial arts journals) collect 20 articles on the historical and social context of various martial arts. The contributors are scholars, academics, and sports writers, and most of them are also martial arts practitioners. The essays deal with major martial art styles such as judo, archery, karate, boxing, etc. Some are devoted to famous fighters and teachers, e.g., judo instructor professor Yamashita Yoshiaki; Indian wrestler Gama, nicknamed "Lion of the Punjab"; and Bruce Lee, known around the world due to his film career. Unfortunately the editors do not offer a workable definition of "martial arts," which leaves one to ask why European forms of combat dueling styles--e.g., fencing, sword fighting, and wrestling--were not included. And only one piece deals with women in martial arts, more narrowly in boxing. The list of references includes books, articles, archival materials, and Web sites. This is an interesting book, but it should be used with guidance in an academic setting. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive martial arts collections serving undergraduates, professionals, and general readers. L. Siegelbaum Harvard University

Table of Contents

Thomas A. GreenThomas A. GreenStanley E. HenningJoseph R. SvinthJoseph R. SvinthThomas A. Green and Joseph R. SvinthYamada ShojiGraham NobleJames HalpinThomas A. GreenJoseph R. SvinthKano JigoroRichard BowenEric MadisJennifer HargreavesThomas A. GreenTony WolfJoseph R. SvinthJoseph R. Svinth
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Martial Arts in the Modern World: Introductionp. xi
A Note on Romanizationp. xv
Sense in Nonsense: The Role of Folk History in the Martial Artsp. 1
The Martial Arts in Chinese Physical Culture, 1865-1965p. 13
The Spirit of Manliness: Boxing in Imperial Japan, 1868-1945p. 37
Professor Yamashita Goes to Washingtonp. 47
The Circle and the Octagon: Maeda's Judo and Gracie's Jiu-Jitsup. 61
The Myth of Zen in the Art of Archeryp. 71
"The Lion of the Punjab": Gama in England, 1910p. 93
The Little Dragon: Bruce Lee (1940-1973)p. 111
Surviving the Middle Passage: Traditional African Martial Arts in the Americasp. 129
Kendo in North America, 1885-1955p. 149
Olympic Games and Japanp. 167
Origins of the British Judo Association, the European Judo Union, and the International Judo Federationp. 173
The Evolution of Taekwondo from Japanese Karatep. 185
Women's Boxing and Related Activities: Introducing Images and Meaningsp. 209
Freeing the Afrikan Mind: The Role of Martial Arts in Contemporary African American Cultural Nationalismp. 229
Action Design: New Directions in Fight Choreographyp. 249
Martial Arts Meet the New Age: Combatives in the Early Twenty-first-Century American Militaryp. 263
Epilogue: Where We Go from Herep. 271
Appendix Definitions of Termsp. 275
Notesp. 279
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 317
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 321