Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - 274 pagine
When French sociologist Lo´c 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.


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The Street and the Ring
Fight Night at Studio 104
Busy Louie at the Golden Gloves
List of Illustrations
A Note on Acknowledgments and Transcription

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Lo´c Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie europÚenne, Paris. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he 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.

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