Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity through Martial Arts
  • Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity through Martial Arts
  • Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity through Martial Arts

Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity through Martial Arts

by Adam Frank
     
 

The first book-length ethnography of a Chinese martial arts association, the book tackles the general question of how human beings form viewpoints of themselves and others through the practice of an art--in this case, the art of taijiquan (a.k.a. "tai chi"). The first half of the book focuses on the author's own experience of studying taijiquan with teachers in the

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The first book-length ethnography of a Chinese martial arts association, the book tackles the general question of how human beings form viewpoints of themselves and others through the practice of an art--in this case, the art of taijiquan (a.k.a. "tai chi"). The first half of the book focuses on the author's own experience of studying taijiquan with teachers in the People's Republic of China and the United States, then expands the discussion to include taijiquan as national symbol, taijiquan in the context of urban China, and the globalization of "Chineseness" through taijiquan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968289
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/14/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Body: Daoism, Qi, and the Making of Social-Sensual Identities
• Bodies, Lineages, Alleys
• Park Lives and Secret Spaces
• Barbaric Glass and Indeipherable Causes: Taijiquan as Public Art
• "Through Martial Arts We Will Become Friends:" Taijiquan as Master Symbol
• Kung Fu Fantasies and Imagined Identities
• Global Chinatown
• Body Redux
• Appendix I: Wu Style Slow Taijiquan (Wu shi taiji man quan) Posture Names
• Appendix II: JTA Lineage Chart
• Appendix III: Literature of Interest on Martial Arts and Critical Race Theory
• Glossary
• Bibliography

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