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dc.contributor.authorJennings, George
dc.contributor.authorBrown, David
dc.contributor.authorSparkes, Andrew C.
dc.identifier.citationJennings, G., Brown, D. and Sparkes, A.C. (2010) ''It can be religion if you want': Wing Chun Fu as a secular religion', Ethnography 11 (4): pp. 533-557.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1466-1381 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn1741-2714 (Online)
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Ethnography in December 2010 available at
dc.description.abstractDrawing on data generated from a six-year ethnographic study of one Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in England, this article explores the ways in which this martial art is constructed as a form of religion and functions as a secular religious practice for core members of this association. Two key features of this process are identified. The first involves the ways in which Wing Chun evolves from an everyday secular practice into something that takes on sacralized meanings for participants while the second focuses on the development of a Wing Chun habitus over time. The article closes with a discussion of how the findings relate to broader discussions of martial arts practices, religion and spirituality in Western cultures.
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectmartial artsen_US
dc.subjectsecular religionen_US
dc.subjectsensual solidarityen_US
dc.subjectcollective effervescenceen_US
dc.title'It can be religion if you want': Wing Chun Fu as a secular religionen_US

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