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The Gentleman Boxer: Boxing, Manners, and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century England

Downing, Karen

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Prize fighting was enormously popular during the second half of the eighteenth century in Britain. It became a fashion perhaps experienced as keenly by contemporary men of all classes as the "culture of sensibility" that describes this period of increasing politeness in society. This juxtaposition illustrates a vexing eighteenth-century issue: could a man be both polite and manly? This article argues that men across the social spectrum found in the "gentleman boxer" a resolution to this issue....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDowning, Karen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:58:27Z
dc.identifier.issn1097-184X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/60855
dc.description.abstractPrize fighting was enormously popular during the second half of the eighteenth century in Britain. It became a fashion perhaps experienced as keenly by contemporary men of all classes as the "culture of sensibility" that describes this period of increasing politeness in society. This juxtaposition illustrates a vexing eighteenth-century issue: could a man be both polite and manly? This article argues that men across the social spectrum found in the "gentleman boxer" a resolution to this issue. The gentleman boxer synthesized traditionally held views of manliness with the civilizing effects of modern consumerism, acknowledged the concerns and aspirations of men of all classes, and responded to the political imperative for fighting men capable of forging a new nation bent on empire building. The gentleman boxer was both polite and manly and a fine example of a masculine identity negotiated between individual conceptions of the self and the material circumstances in which that self is found.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceMen and Masculinities
dc.subjectKeywords: Boxing; Eighteenth-century Britain; Masculine identity; Prize fighting
dc.titleThe Gentleman Boxer: Boxing, Manners, and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century England
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume12
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor210305 - British History
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB569
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDowning, Karen, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage328
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage352
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1097184X08318181
local.identifier.absseo970121 - Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:30:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77949797517
local.identifier.thomsonID000275996300003
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