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Boxing is one of the oldest and most exciting of sports: its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western culture since 3000 B.C. During that period, there has hardly been a time in which young men, and sometimes women, did not raise their gloved or naked fists to one other. Throughout this history, potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers and film-makers have been there to record and make sense of it all. In her encyclopaedic investigation of the shifting social, political and cultural resonances of this most visceral of sports, Kasia Boddy throws new light on an elemental struggle for dominance whose weapons are nothing more than fists. From Daniel Mendoza to Mike Tyson, boxers have embodied and enacted our anxieties about race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Looking afresh at everything from neo-classical sculpture to hip-hop lyrics, Boddy explores the way in which the history of boxing has intersected with the history of mass media, and sheds new light on the work of such diverse figures as Henry Fielding and Spike Lee, Charlie Chaplin and Philip Roth, James Joyce and Mae West, Bertolt Brecht and Charles Dickens. This all-encompassing study tells us just how and why boxing has mattered so much to so many.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11551 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (3 July 2012)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HE2NAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Stunning…

14 people found this helpful.
 on 17 May 2008
By clowntooth
Boddy writes that `No one would call the last decades of the twentieth century a golden age of boxing’, and, despite their undeniably brilliant packaging, there is little that such twenty-first century match-ups as Mayweather-Hatton or Calzaghe-Hopkins can do to reverse what seems to be an irrevocable shift of the attention of mainstream sports fans away from the `squared circle’. Indeed, where are the grand champions to revile or idolize? The knife-edge separating mercy and cruelty, victory and defeat, negotiated so devastatingly by boxing’s historical heroes, is not present either in the comparatively tame sporting cultures dominated by such modern icons as Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. ‘Boxing: A Cultural History’ shows that other sports can only hope to allude to the shattering immediacy of boxing’s theatre of mortality.

super

3 people found this helpful.
 on 11 January 2010
By Mr. R. A. Stebbings
Brilliant book, I bought it for my fiance as a stocking filler and he loves it. Really infromative without being a typical stuffy factual book. Really interesting.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 August 2014
By D. Colhoun
It’s all you need to know about boxing!
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