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Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training

Janet O'Shea


Decried as mere brutality on display and celebrated as viscerally real, combat sport has escaped nuanced reflection. Risk, Failure, Play addresses this gap, signaling the many ways in which competitive martial arts differentiate themselves from violence through risk-based play. Despite its association with frivolity and ease, play is not the opposite of danger, rigor, or failure. Indeed, Risk, Failure, Play demonstrates the ways in which physical recreation allows us to manage the complexities of our current social reality. This book suggests that play gives us the ability to manage difficult ... More

Keywords: combat sport, play, competition, vulnerability, failure, dance studies, martial arts studies, performance studies, ethnographic memoir, imaginative ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190871536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190871536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet O'Shea, author
Professor of Dance, University of California - Los Angeles