• Risk Failure Play

Risk Failure Play

Risk Failure Play

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  • Author
    Janet Oshea
  • Publisher
    Oxford University Press
  • Publication date
    01 October 2018

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Risk Failure Play

  • Author

    Janet Oshea

  • Date Published

    01 October 2018

  • Publisher

    Oxford University Press

  • Pages

    304 pages

  • ISBN

    9780190871550

Book Description

Risk, Failure, Play illuminates the many ways in which competitive martial arts differentiate themselves from violence. Presented from the perspective of a dancer and writer, this book takes readers through the politics of everyday life as experienced through training in a range of martial arts practices such as jeet kune do, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, Filipino martial arts, and empowerment self-defense. Author Janet OâShea shows how play gives us the ability to manage difficult realities with intelligence and demonstrates that physical play, with its immediacy and heightened risk, is particularly effective at accomplishing this task. Risk, Failure, Play also demonstrates the many ways in which physical recreation allows us to manage the complexities of our current social reality. Risk, Failure, Play intertwines personal experience with phenomenology, social psychology, dance studies, performance studies, as well as theories of play and competition in order to produce insights on pleasure, mastery, vulnerability, pain, agency, individual identity, and society. Ultimately, this book suggests that play allows us to rehearse other ways to live than the ones we see before us and challenges us to reimagine our social reality.

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