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The Criminology of Boxing, Violence and Desistance$
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Deborah Jump

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203240

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203240.001.0001

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The Appeal of the Boxing Gym

The Appeal of the Boxing Gym

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The Criminology of Boxing, Violence and Desistance

Deborah Jump

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the themes that emerged from the research, particularly those that relate to boxing’s enduring appeal, and those that demonstrate how the sport can be a fundamental source of masculine accomplishment and status. This chapter discusses how boxing is a response to personal and structural vulnerability and illustrates how the appeal of boxing has changed over men’s amateur and professional careers. It further explores the tension between the straightforward ‘surface’ reward-statements of men (money, status, fame, health, discipline, etc.) and what are interpreted as ‘deeper’ motivations that suggest the gym is a physical, social, but also a psychological space for accomplishing masculinity, and for creating and sustaining self-worth in the face of chronic autobiographical and structural limitations

Keywords:   Psychosocial, Vulnerability, Victimization, Disadvantage, Masculinity, Fragility

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