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Editorial: Is Martial Arts Studies Trivial?


Paul Bowman ,

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Professor at School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies
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Benjamin N. Judkins

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Before introducing the articles comprising this issue of Martial Arts Studies, this editorial first undertakes a sustained reflection on the question of whether

the emergent field of martial arts studies might be regarded as trivial. In doing so, it explores possible rationales and raisons d’être of the field in terms of a reflection on the legitimation of academic subjects, especially those closest to martial arts studies, from which martial arts studies can be said to have emerged. The first draft of this reflection was originally written by Bowman in response to certain reactions to his academic interest in martial arts (hence the occasional use of the pronoun ‘I’, rather than ‘we’), but Judkins proposed that the piece form part of this issue’s editorial, because of the importance of thinking about what this ‘martial arts studies’ thing is that we are doing, what the point of it may be, and whether or not it may be trivial. 

How to Cite: Bowman, P. & Judkins, B.N., (2017). Editorial: Is Martial Arts Studies Trivial?. Martial Arts Studies. (4), pp.1–16. DOI:
Published on 10 Jul 2017.


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