Raúl Sánchez García is lecturer of sociology of sport at the Universidad Europea in Madrid (Spain) and President of the Sociology of Sport working group within the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES). His PhD research was based on a four-year ethnographic study of boxing and aikido. He is a research member of the International Society of Eastern Sports and Physical Education, contributing editor of the Electronic Journal of Martial Arts and member of the scientific committee of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts (Spanish edition). His main areas of research are the following: sport and social theory (Elias, Bourdieu, Garfinkel), martial arts/combat sports and violence, ethnographic studies of sport subcultures.
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.