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Societies 2018, 8(3), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030085

‘Boxing Is Our Business’: The Embodiment of a Leftist Identity in Boxe Popolare

Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
Received: 10 July 2018 / Revised: 22 August 2018 / Accepted: 8 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Culture)
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Based on two-year ethnography of boxe popolare—a style of boxing codified by Italian leftist grassroots groups—and participant observation of a palestra popolare in an Italian city, the article purports to (a) deepen understanding of the nexus between physical cultures and politics and (b) contribute to understanding the renewal of political cultures by overcoming the disembodied perspectives on ideology. The first section of the paper tracks down the relation that ties boxing to the sociocultural matrix of the leftist grassroots groups. Boxing draws its significance from the antagonistic culture of the informal political youth organisations in which the practice is embedded and reflects the main changes that have been occurring in the collective action repertoires of the street-level political forces over the past few decades. The second section analyses the daily activities of boxe popolare. The paper thereby demonstrates how training regimes manipulate the bodies to inculcate a set of corporeal postures and sensibilities inherent to a mythology of otherness peculiar to the far-left ethos. In conclusion, the lived experience of boxe popolare addresses the importance of placing the situated practices and the socialised body at the centre of the study of political cultures in the contemporary post-ideological era. View Full-Text
Keywords: apprenticeship; boxing; boxe popolare; carnal ethnography; embodiment; far left; martial arts and combat sports; physical culture; political culture; political identity apprenticeship; boxing; boxe popolare; carnal ethnography; embodiment; far left; martial arts and combat sports; physical culture; political culture; political identity
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