Special Issue "Martial Arts and Society: Developing Co-Constituting Perspectives"


A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Dale C. Spencer
Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/sociology/facstaff/3372.html
E-Mail: Dale.Spencer@ad.umanitoba.ca
Interests: criminological theory; Continental social theory; sociology of the body; violence and victimization

Guest Editor
Dr. Bryan Hogeveen
Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H1, Canada
Website: http://www.sociology.ualberta.ca/en/FacultyStaffandGraduateStudent/AcademicStaff/HogeveenBryan.aspx
E-Mail: hogeveen@ualberta.ca
Interests: Jacques Derrida; violence; law; marginality; social theory; sovereignty

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Articles and books on martial arts and combat sports has become a burgeoning field of inquiry. Authors have considered: the contours of the individual martial arts, the corporeal effects of martial arts on practitioners, and the relationship between identity and martial arts. Emerging out of this literature has been an examination of the effects of society on individual martial arts. Leading the way in this regard has been Eliasian/Figurational approaches to violence and society, focusing on the pacification of the violence in martial arts as result of societal pressures. However, very little academic literature has focused on the impact of martial arts on society and, moreover, the mutually co-constituting relationship between martial arts and society.

Dr. Dale C. Spencer
Dr. Bryan Hogeveen
Guest Editors

Before submitting the papers to the journal, authors should send their abstracts and full papers to the Guest Editors first for evaluations. Please email the abstracts and papers to the following email addresses:

TO: Dale.Spencer@ad.umanitoba.ca; hogeveen@ualberta.ca
CC: societies@mdpi.com

Please follow the timeline:

Abstracts due: 30 September 2013

Decisions to authors: 31 October 2013
Submission of full paper to the Guest Editors: 31 March 2014
Submission of full paper to the journal online: 30 April 2014

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  • martial arts, gender and society
  • class and martial arts
  • ethics and martial arts
  • martial arts and health
  • risk, martial arts and society
  • martial arts, capitalism and consumption
  • globalization, nationalism, and martial arts
  • martial arts, sexuality, and society
  • emotions and martial arts
  • martial arts, religion and society
  • martial arts, education and society

Published Papers (2 papers)

by ,  and
Societies 2014, 4(2), 161-179; doi:10.3390/soc4020161
Received: 7 January 2014; in revised form: 3 April 2014 / Accepted: 22 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
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by ,  and
Societies 2014, 4(3), 380-398; doi:10.3390/soc4030380
Received: 28 May 2014; in revised form: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 28 July 2014
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Last update: 14 June 2013

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