Book Review：The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts by Raúl Sánchez García
Ibaraki University, JP
Tetsuya Nakajima is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Ibaraki University in Ibaraki prefecture. His research focuses on sport anthropology and Japanese martial arts history. He has published on the history of martial arts in Japan. His most recent book is Kindai Nihon no budo-ron [Discourse on Budo in Modern Japan – The Origins of the ‘Sportification of Budo’ Problem] (Kokushokankokai, 2017).
The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts contains a comprehensive history of Japanese martial arts compiled by Spanish historical sociologist Raúl Sánchez García. However, it is not simply an overview intended to introduce Japanese martial arts to the West. In this work, the field of Japanese martial arts is used as a case study. According to Raúl, his motivation for writing the book was in that although Norbert Elias was particularly fascinated by the Japanese civilizing process, he finished his research career without turning his hand to it. Furthermore, Raúl himself has developed his own career as a researcher in the path laid down by Elias’ sociology, and this work displays Raúl’s zeal to tackle the challenges left by Elias.
How to Cite:
Nakajima, T., 2021. Book Review：The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts by Raúl Sánchez García. Martial Arts Studies, 11, pp.122–126. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/mas.124