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Download Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer PDF eBook

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>>> Download Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer eBook <<<From Publishers Weekly In this challenging work, French sociologist (and MacArthurFoundation "Genius" Fellow) Wacquant engagingly writes about his participation in apreviously foreign social milieu. For Wacquant, it is the world of a famous (and now defunct)Chicago boxing gym in the tough black neighborhood of Woodlawn, just south of thepredominantly white University of Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, where Wacquant wasteaching and living. For three years he "trained alongside local boxers, both amateur andprofessional, at the rate of three to six sessions a week, assiduously applying myself to everyphase of their rigorous preparation," from shadowboxing to sparring in the ring. The result is adetailed and compelling narrative divided into three equally entertaining and distinct parts. Thefirst and most dense, "The Street and the Ring," is an explication of the "social space" of thegym that balances a hardcore theoretical look at the gym as "a complex and polysemousinstitution" with excellent interviews with the gym's tough-talking owner DeeDee Armour thatreveal how the "controlled violence" of the gym stands as an option to the violent street cultureon Chicago's South Side. Two shorter essays are less academic in style and show Wacquant tobe an excellent reporter. In one, he describes in depth one of the more than 30 boxingtournaments he attended in various nightclubs, movie theaters and sports arenas. In the other,after he is completely accepted by gym patrons, who have named him "Busy Louie," hethrillingly details his own successful competition in the Chicago Golden Gloves, the city's mostprestigious amateur tournament. Copyright ?© Reed Business Information, a division of ReedElsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "[R]eveals a remarkable ethnographic and theatricaleye...a model account of a personal, embodied sociology..."-- American Journal of Sociology"Body & Soul not only sets a new standard for scholarly research and writing on sport. It is avirtuoso performance that could--if properly read and disseminated and emulated--put the studyof sport at the center of all sociological theorizing and analysis."--Social Forces "[A]sociological tour de force...sure to be widely used as an exemplar of how to conduct participantobservation research.... It is packed with fruitful conceptual and theoreticaldiscussions."--Qualitative Sociology "A fresh and authoritative treatment."--The Ring: TheBible of Boxing "Body & Soul will pull you into the deep rhythms of boxing and shouldcertainly earn a place in the canon of literature in the ring."--Los Angeles Times "[R]eveals aremarkable ethnographic and theatrical eye...a model account of a personal, embodiedsociology..."-- American Journal of Sociology "...a provocative, exhilarating, maddening, andprofoundly idiosyncratic effort."--Contemporary SociologyDownload Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer eBook - Click HERE!

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