Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports

Women Warriors around the World

  • Alex Channon
  • Christopher R. Matthews

Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Approaching the Gendered Phenomenon of ‘Women Warriors’

    1. Alex Channon, Christopher R. Matthews
      Pages 1-21
  3. Discursive Constructions and Mediated Representations of Women in Combat Sports

  4. Institutional Structures and Actors in Women’s Combat Sports

  5. Recreational Practice and Self-Defence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Jikkemien Vertonghen, Hebe Schaillée, Marc Theeboom, Paul De Knop
      Pages 172-186
    3. Yun Jung Kim, Sun Yong Kwon, Jung Woo Lee
      Pages 204-218
  6. Competitive and Performative ‘Women Warriors’

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 284-322

About this book


This volume offers a wide-reaching overview of current academic research on women's participation in combat sports within a range of different national and trans-national contexts, detailing many of the struggles and opportunities experienced by women at various levels of engagement within sports such as boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.


Boxing Combat Sports Gender Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts Sociology of Sport Sport and Gender Sports Studies Women's Sport gender media sociology of sport sports women

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Channon
    • 1
  • Christopher R. Matthews
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GreenwichUK
  2. 2.University of BrightonUK

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