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The legacy of pankration: mixed martial arts and the posthuman revival of a fighting culture
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Umeå Centrum för genusstudier)
2013 (English)In: The international journal of combat martial arts and sciences ICMAUA, Vol. 13, no 5, 12-24 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on participant observation in a mixed martial arts club, this article analyzes the concept of cultural performativity in mixed martial arts (MMA) in relation to the ancient sport of pankration, which is considered to be the origin of MMA. Informed by performative theory on culture, I explore the bodily performances of MMA in combat sports and in a postmodern stand. Thus, the aim of this article is to acquire contemporaneous knowledge about Pankration and MMA and the connections they have to modern representations in combat fighting. Hence, this analysis discusses MMA’s legacy and the posthuman impact of human violence that modern combat sports performance have on our postmodern cultures and societal norms.

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2013. Vol. 13, no 5, 12-24 p.
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Ancient, fighting, Greece, MMA, Pankration, phenomenology, posthuman theory, New-Materiality
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Social Sciences Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79839OAI: diva2:645188
Available from: 2013-09-03 Created: 2013-09-03 Last updated: 2014-02-12Bibliographically approved

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