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Women and Martial Art in Japan
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Movement, Culture and Society. (REMO (Research in Education and Movement Culture))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5729-2388
2023 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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This lecture will focus on the ethnographic work and key arguments from Dr Kate Sylvester’s recent publication, Women and Martial Art in Japan.  The book, based on extensive original research, examines the practice by women in a university sport setting of kendo, the Japanese martial art which, using bamboo swords as well as protective armour, and descended from traditional swordsmanship, instils in its practitioners, besides physical skills, societal values of etiquette and resilience as well connecting them to a “traditional” outlook, which includes a gendered cultural identity.  The book therefore illustrates an unexplored example of identity construction in Japan, one which legitimises women’s sport experiences within a male-centric physical culture, unpacks the notion of “tradition” in kendo and unravels its stultifying control over women’s kendo participation, and discusses the androgenicity of women’s participation to highlight its subversive potential to develop women as leaders in sport, politics, and other fields which continue to be very male dominated in Japan. 

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University of Vienna, 2023.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-7661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-7661DiVA, id: diva2:1774432
Available from: 2023-06-26 Created: 2023-06-26 Last updated: 2023-06-26Bibliographically approved

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