Within what has been called ‘the crisis of masculinity’, sport has been cited by many scholars as a key domain for men to construct a masculine identity which reproduces and legitimises (hierarchical) distinction from women (Burstyn, 1999; Connell, 1990; Hargreaves, 1994; Whitson, 1990). With commonplace socio-historical beliefs suggesting violence as a ‘natural’ and essential part of what it is to ‘be’ a man (Bourdieu, 2001, p. 53), combat sports have become a growing field of interest for many sport scholars exploring constructions of gender (Hirose and Pih, 2010; Spencer, 2012; Wacquant, 2004; Woodward, 2006) with growing attention being paid to women’s experiences, gender constructions and potential gender subversions, in such socio-historically ‘masculine’ sports (McNaughton, 2012; Mennesson, 2000; Velija et al., 2013). Yet with a few notable exceptions (Channon, 2013a; Channon and Jennings, 2013; Guérandel and Mennesson, 2007) there remain very few academic studies which take a direct focus on the phenomenon of sex integration in combat sports, and what impact violent intercorporeal interactions between men and women have on ideas, negotiations and performances of gender.
|Title of host publication||Global perspectives on women in combat sports|
|Subtitle of host publication||women warriors around the world|
|Editors||Christopher Matthews, Alex Channon|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Print)||9781137439369, 9781137439352|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Aug 2015|
|Name||Global Culture and Sport Series|
MacLean, C. (2015). Beautifully violent: the gender dynamic of Scottish karate. In C. Matthews, & A. Channon (Eds.), Global perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the world (pp. 155-177). (Global Culture and Sport Series). Routledge.