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    DescriptionWhen French sociologist Loic 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 dissects the making of prizefighters and 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, but also a revealing tale of self transformation and social transcendence. And, by fleshing out Pierre Bourdieu's signal concept of habitus, it deepens our theoretical grasp of human practice.

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    Body and Soul
    Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Loic Wacquant
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195305623
    ISBN 10: 0195305620

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.1T
    BIC subject category V2: JHMP
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: WSTB, JHBS
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    DC22: 306.483
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBNC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, SOC002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SPO008000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24470
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 796.83097731
    LC classification: GV1136.8 .W3213 2006
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBBNC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC008000
    Thema V1.0: JHM, JHBS, SRB
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    17 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Loic Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre de sociologie europeenne, 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.
    Review quote
    "[R]eveals a remarkable ethnographic and theatrical eye...a model account of a personal, embodied sociology..."- American Journal of Sociology "Body & Soul not only sets a new standard for scholarly research and writing on sport. It is a virtuoso performance that could-if properly read and disseminated and emulated-put the study of sport at the center of all sociological theorizing and analysis."-Social Forces "[A] sociological tour de force...sure to be widely used as an exemplar of how to conduct participant observation research... It is packed with fruitful conceptual and theoretical discussions."-Qualitative Sociology "A fresh and authoritative treatment."-The Ring: The Bible of Boxing "Body & Soul will pull you into the deep rhythms of boxing and should certainly earn a place in the canon of literature in the ring."-Los Angeles Times
    Table of contents
    THE TASTE AND ACHE OF ACTION ; Preface to the U.S. Edition ; PROLOGUE ; THE STREET AND THE RING ; An Island of Order and Virtue ; "The Boys Who Beat the Street" ; A Scientifically Savage Practice ; The Social Logic of Sparring ; An Implicit and Collective Pedagogy ; Managing Bodily Capital ; FIGHT NIGHT AT STUDIO 104 ; "You Scared I Might Mess Up 'Cause You Done Messed Up" ; Weigh-in at the Illinois State Building ; An Anxious Afternoon ; Welcome to Studio 104 ; Pitiful Preliminaries ; Strong Beats Hannah by TKO in the Fourth ; Make Way for the Exotic Dancers ; "You Stop Two More Guys and I'll Stop Drinkin'" ; "BUSY" LOUIE AT THE GOLDEN GLOVES ; List of Illustrations ; A Note on Acknowledgments and Transcription ; Index