An Introduction to The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts



This article is an extract from the forthcoming book, The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts, by Raúl Sánchez García (forthcoming in 2018 from Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-138-57169-3). It presents Japanese martial arts from a historical-sociology approach. After a brief discussion on the relationship between terminology and social processes, the chapter introduces the main tenets from Norbert Elias’s process sociology and introduces the research strategy of the book. It has been edited and reprinted here with kind permission of the publisher with the aim of forwarding the research agenda of a historical-sociology approach to martial arts studies.


Japanese Martial ArtsCombat SportsNorbert EliasCivilising ProcessInformalisation
  • Volume: 6
  • Page/Article: 75-87
  • DOI: 10.18573/mas.64
  • Published on 23 Jul 2018
  • Peer Reviewed