Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - The study of body culture – observing practice

Body and movement constitute fundamental conditions of human existence. They can be the starting point for a new understanding of what is the ‘material basis’ in social and cultural theory. Based on three decades of compara­tive studies in body cultures, some methodological and theoretical observations are concluded. They propose directions for a future phenomenology, history, and anthropology of practice. Body culture studies open perspectives for a new way of thinking dialectically and for a humanistic materialism. They contribute to inter-bodily democracy.