When French sociologist Loic Wacquant signed up at a boxing gym in a black Body & Soul marries the analytic rigor of the sociologist with the stylistic grace of . Shadowboxing: A Review of. Loïc Wacquant’s Body & Soul. Reuben A. Buford May. University of Georgia. Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer. with the appearance of Loic Wacquant’s dazzling ethnographic journey into the world of of sociology, Body and Soul not only sets a new standard for scholarly .

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Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. This is an ethnography I had to read for my Anthropology class. Enough to reinvigorate and broaden anyone’s understanding of sociology and it’s potential for dealing with the insitution, the individual, the collective, and in the words of Wacquant’s mentor “doxa, habitus, and various capitals.

Yet for three years he immersed himself among local fighters, amateur and professional. At other times quotes are indented in the conventional manner or simply merged with the rest of the text.

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Body & Soul : Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

The latter problem results in the author commonly em- ploying dated slang in distinctly odd ways. In this experimental ethnography of incandescent intensity, the scholar-turned-boxer fleshes out Pierre Bourdieu’s signal concept of habitusdeepening our theoretical grasp of human practice.

No trivia or quizzes yet. He learned the Sweet By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Despite boyd erable repetition of points made in previous chapters for example, practice is im- portant, boxing requires discipline, the sport provides a functional alternative to the culture of the streetI found this section to be the most enjoyable part of the book.


And, by fleshing out Pierre Bourdieu’s signal concept of habitus, it deepens our theoretical grasp of human practice. In general, it would appear as if Wacquant is not terribly familiar with the conventional structure or format of mainstream sociological ethnography, or, has chosen to ignore those conventions.

Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer is perhaps the best yet sociology of the bodyits theorizing is less explicit than is the acuteness of the observations. He learned the Sweet science of bruising, participating in all phases of the pugilist’s strenuo When French sociologist Loic Wacquant signed up at a bdy gym in a black neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, he had never contemplated getting close to a ring, let alone climbing into it. A Note on Acknowledgments and Transcription.

Body & Soul – Paperback – Loïc Wacquant – Oxford University Press

One of the five best “academic” books I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the best nonfiction book I’ve read in the past half-decade. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, qacquant is the author of numerous works on urban marginality, ethnoracial domination, the penal state, and social theory, translated in some dozen languages. He is a co-founder and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography.

I like experimental ethnography — I think we could use more of it. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Bible of Boxing “[A] sociological tour de force Mar 26, Alyssa rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting look at ethnography, and at a world I know nothing about.


Mike Yarbrough rated it really liked it Feb 11, And he supplies a model for a “carnal sociology” capable of capturing “the taste and ache of action. Typically, the author makes no attempt to provide analytic introductions to quotes from field notes or interviews that explicitly identify the key points being made or illustrated. It’s a French man who goes into a boxing gym in a “black ghetto” to do his research.

Fantastic exploration of the ‘sweet science’ and fair play to Wacquant for gloving up. Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer. Matt Johnstone rated it really liked it Aug 08, Click here to sign up.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I still have zero interest in boxing, but it’s a fascinating read nonetheless. Mar 07, Robin rated it liked it Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

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