Book Review: Her Own Hero

Her Own Hero:
The Origins of the Women’s Self Defense Movement.
by Wendy Rouse
New York University Press, 2017
288 pages

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DOI 10.18573/mas.52

Reviewer

Emelyne Godfrey is author of Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature: Duelling with Danger (2010) and Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes (2012). Her Kitty and the Cats: Mrs Pankhurst’s Suffragette Bodyguard and the London Police is forthcoming in 2018, and will be the first known book-length biography of influential campaigner Emily Katherine (Kitty) Willoughby Marshall.

Book Review: Embodying Brazil – An Ethnography of Diasporic Capoeira

Embodying Brazil:
An Ethnography of Diasporic Capoeira.
by Sara Delamont, Neil Stephens and Claudio Campos (eds.)
Routledge, 2017
244 pages

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DOI 10.18573/mas.54

Reviewer

Craig Owen is a lecturer in psychology at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. His PhD research focused on the performance of masculine identities in capoeira and Latin and ballroom dance classes. Currently, he is collaborating on new research projects that explore the negotiation of gender identities in different social contexts.

Book Review: Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books

Later Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books:
Transmission and Tradition of Martial Arts in Europe (14th-17th Centuries).
by Daniel Jacquet, Karin Verelst and Timothy Dawson (eds.)
Brill, 2016
619 pages

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DOI 10.18573/mas.53

Reviewer

Russell Alexander Stepp is a Medievalist who works principally in the literatures of North-West Europe. He currently holds the position of Visiting Lecturer of Spanish Language in the Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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

Reviewer

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

Reviewer

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.

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