By Loïc Wacquant
Whilst French sociologist Lo?c Wacquant signed up at a boxing fitness center in a black local of Chicago's South part, he had by no means pondered getting with regards to a hoop, not to mention mountaineering into it. but for 3 years he immersed himself between neighborhood combatants, beginner undefined. He discovered the candy technological know-how of bruising, partaking in all levels of the pugilist's strenuous practise, from shadow-boxing drills to sparring to combating within the Golden Gloves event. during this experimental ethnography of incandescent depth, the scholar-turned-boxer offers a version for a "carnal sociology" able to taking pictures "the style and pain of action." physique & Soul marries the analytic rigor of the sociologist with the stylistic grace of the novelist to provide a compelling portrait of a physically craft and of existence and exertions within the black American ghetto, but in addition a desirable story of non-public transformation and social transcendence.
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