Boxing

A Cultural History

by: Kasia Boddy

Boxing
Author: Kasia Boddy

Publisher: Reaktion Books

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Publication date: 01 February 2012

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ISBN: 1861897022 ISBN 13: 9781861897022

Boxing by Kasia Boddy

Boxing is one of the oldest and most exciting of sports: its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western culture since 3000 BC. Looking afresh at everything from neo-classical sculpture to hip-hop lyrics, the author also explores the way in which the history of boxing has intersected with the history of mass media. Top page

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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. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Reaktion Books

City: London

Pages: 480

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 796.8309

Departments: Boxing; Sports teams & clubs;

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