Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

by Loic Wacquant
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Oxford University Press
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Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

When French sociologist Loïc Wacquant signed up at a boxing gym in a black neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, he had never contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. Yet for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and professional. He learned the Sweet science of bruising, participating in all phases of the pugilist's strenuous preparation, from shadow-boxing drills to sparring to fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament. In this experimental ethnography of incandescent intensity, the scholar-turned-boxer fleshes out Pierre Bourdieu's signal concept of habitus, deepening our theoretical grasp of human practice. And he supplies a model for a "carnal sociology" capable of capturing "the taste and ache of action."

Body & Soul marries the analytic rigor of the sociologist with the stylistic grace of the novelist to offer a compelling portrait of a bodily craft and of life and labor in the black American ghetto at century's end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195168358
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

The Taste and Ache of Actionvii
Preface to the U.S. Edition
The Street and the Ring13
An Island of Order and Virtue17
"The Boys Who Beat The Street"41
A Scientifically Savage Practice58
The Social Logic of Sparring77
An Implicit and Collective Pedagogy99
Managing Bodily Capital127
Fight Night at Studio 104151
"You Scared I Might Mess Up 'Cause You Done Messed Up"152
Weigh-in at the Illinois State Building158
An Anxious Afternoon171
Welcome to Studio 104180
Pitiful Preliminaries192
Strong Beats Hannah by TKO in the Fourth208
Make Way for the Exotic Dancers220
"You Stop Two More Guys and I'll Stop Drinkin'"226
"Busy" Louie at the Golden Gloves235
List of Illustrations257
A Note on Acknowledgments and Transcription263

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