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Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination

Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination

by John J. Donohue
     
 

This is an analysis of the martial arts as socio-cultural and symbolic phenomena. As Americans search for a sense of purpose, belonging, and structure in life, they have chosen an Asian cultural tradition and changed it to suit the needs of contemporary American society. A brief historical summary of the development of martial arts in Japan sets the scene for the

Overview

This is an analysis of the martial arts as socio-cultural and symbolic phenomena. As Americans search for a sense of purpose, belonging, and structure in life, they have chosen an Asian cultural tradition and changed it to suit the needs of contemporary American society. A brief historical summary of the development of martial arts in Japan sets the scene for the reinterpretation of the role of these arts by American mass media. Donohue, an anthropologist with a black belt in karate, explores the important role that the martial arts play in the American psyche. As a means of developing personal power, self-defense systems are aesthetic and spiritual practices as well as statements of urban paranoia reacting against street violence and life-threatening situations. Martial arts organizations are seen as symbolic vehicles for enmeshing participants in constellations of actions and philosophies that create a sense of self and community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897893466
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1994
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JOHN J. DONOHUE is Academic Dean at Medaille College, Buffalo. He is trained as an anthropologist and also holds a black belt in karate. He is the author of The Forge of the Spirit: Structure, Motion, and Meaning in the Japanese Martial Tradition and is coeditor of The Human Condition in the Modern Age.

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