Review by Choice Review
Sugden's unique, detailed book describes and analyzes the evolution of boxing starting with its historical continuity. A fine review of the progress of prize fighting in the 20th century dissects the boxing subculture as it existed in the US in the early 1980s. Internationally, boxing history in the troubled soul of Northern Ireland and boxing in the context of contemporary Cuba are well documented. The book closes by extracting and extending some of the conclusions drawn from the ethnographic materials into an extensive context of social theory. Superlative bibliographical references are found at the conclusion of this book. Written primarily for the boxing enthusiast, it will be a good reference source for better informing graduate students should they choose to ponder the debate over the future of boxing in the modern world. Recommended for all committed to the sociology of sport, and excellent reading for anyone interested in prizefighting. General readers; graduates through faculty. H. F. Kenny Jr.; Wesleyan University
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