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Master Thesis

Crise identitaire et lutte symbolique. Le cas des boxeurs professionnels japonais

Abstract : During a fieldwork in a professional boxing club in Kōbe, I could observe the trials boxers have to face daily. So I tried to understand why they take this path despite these trials. To meld with the boxing club smoothly, I chose the participant observation method. My conclusion is that the boxers take this path to solve an identity crisis. Indeed, boxing allows to build a positive identity. This case study also underlines the weight of international standards on the individual experience. As a matter of fact, two processes affect individuals in contemporary societies, individualisation and standardisation. Individualisation allows an individual to take his own choices. On the other hand standardisation establishes fixed models, but also allows individuals to take specific roles. This tension between the priority of being oneself and choosing fixed paths causes an anxiety that Claude Dubar calls the identity crisis. I use this crisis to describe the case of Kōbe’s boxers. To increase the knowledge about the identity crisis in sport, additional researches on amateur sports or other combat sports would be needed.
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Kent Labastrou. Crise identitaire et lutte symbolique. Le cas des boxeurs professionnels japonais. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2021. ⟨dumas-03440277⟩



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