Psychological Research on Martial Artists
Kavoura, A., Ryba, T. V., & Kokkonen, M. (2012). Psychological Research on Martial Artists. Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum, 3, 1-23. http://sportstudies.org/2012/02/15/psychological-research-on-martial-artists-a-critical-view-from-a-cultural-praxis-framework/
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© T. Kavoura, T. V. Ryba, M. Kokkonen, 2012. This is an open access article published by Malmö Universitet.
In this article, we problematize sport psychology research on martial artists and offer some suggestions for advancing our knowledge in this area of research and practice. First, we review the previous research in the field. Then we introduce “cultural praxis” as a theoretical framework that will guide our analysis. Finally, we engage sociological studies of female fighters in conjunction with the adopted theoretical lens to outline the limitations of sport psychological research with regards to the experiences of women. It seems that the majority of the studies have used the male athlete as the norm, while research on the female athlete remains limited and focused on “differences”. Focusing persistently on gender differences, without drawing at all on gender theory reflects a gender bias, which seems to be engrained in sport psychology studies. Recent sociological studies have shed some light on the experiences of female martial artists, but have paid scant attention to the constantly changing locale in which female athletes operate. Here, we suggest “cultural praxis” as an intervention to gain insights into the behaviors, values, and emotions of the other sex athletes. ...
PublisherMalmö University, Department of Sport Sciences
ISSN Search the Publication Forum2000-088X
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