Book Review: Mythologies of Martial Arts

Mythologies of Martial Arts.
by Paul Bowman
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
234 pages

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DOI 10.18573/j.2017.10188

Reviewer

Sixt Wetzler, Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen. This contribution is a revised version of a review published in Acta Periodica Duellatorum [Wetzler 2017].

Book Review: In Search of Legitimacy

In Search of Legitimacy:
How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition.
by Lauren Miller Griffith
Berghahn Books, 2016
234 pages

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DOI 10.18573/j.2017.10189

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Kyle Green is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Utica College, New York.

Book Review: Venezuelan Stick Fighting

Venezuelan Stick Fighting:
The Civilizing Process in Martial Arts.
by Michael J. Ryan
Lexington Books, 2016
234 pages

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DOI 10.18573/j.2017.10190

Reviewer

Benjamin N. Judkins is co-editor of the journal Martial Arts Studies and a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University’s East Asia Program. With Jon Nielson he is co-author of The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts [SUNY 2015]. He is also author of the long-running martial arts studies blog, Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

Book Review: Fighting Scholars

Fighting Scholars:
Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports.
by Raúl Sánchez García and Dale C. Spencer (editors)
Anthem Press, 2014
234 pages

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DOI 10.18573/j.2017.10101

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Dr. Anu Vaittinen is a qualitative sociologist of sport, health and physical culture. She holds a position of a research associate for the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University (UK). Anu is a lifelong sports practitioner and is a recreational MMA and wing chun practitioner and a novice triathlete.

Book Review: The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music

The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music:
From Southeast Asian Village to Global Movement
by Uwe U. Paetzold and Paul H. Mason (editors)
Brill, 2016
376 pages

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10.18573/j.2017.10100

Reviewer

Colin P. McGuire is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music, University College Cork, Ireland.

Book Review: Striking Beauty

Martial Striking Beauty:
A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts
by Barry Allen
Columbia University Press, 2015
272 pages, $30/£22

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DOI 10.18573/J.2016.10068

Reviewer

Hiu M. Chan is a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.

Book Review: Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Indonesia

Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Indonesia
by Lee Wilson
Leiden and Boston, 2015
258 pages, $97/£59

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DOI 10.18573/J.2016.10070

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D. S. Farrer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Guam. He edited War Magic: Religion, Sorcery, and Performance [2016], co-edited Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge: Asian Traditions in a Transnational World [2011], and authored Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism [2009]

Book Review: Kendo – Culture of the Sword

Kendo: Culture of the Sword
by Alexander C. Bennett
University of California Press, 2015
272 pages, $32.95/£24.95

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DOI 10.18573/J.2016.10069

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Dr. Andrea Molle holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Milan. Between 2006 and 2008 he conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on Japanese Martial Arts in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. He is the founder and lead scientist of BUDO-lab, an interdisciplinary research group at Chapman University that focus on the study of combative behavior and martial arts practice.

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