Kickboksen, een Marokkaanse route naar succes?

Translated title of the contribution: Kickboxing, a Moroccan route to success?

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Loïc Wacquant conducted ethnographic research in the ghetto of Chicago and describes the route to social mobility that black boxers try to follow as they train in the gym and build body capital. Based on similar research methods, this article compares the black boxers to two episodes of kickboxing in Amsterdam. Wacquant is not hopeful when it comes to social mobility of the boxers, as he sees their boxing careers as confirmation of their low position in society. In the first Dutch episode, kickboxers manage to combine body work in the gym with working in the nightlife economy. They make money but are unaware of the danger of getting involved in criminal activities, and a number of fighters end up in prison or even dead. Currently, kickboxing is very popular with young Moroccans. Having seen what went wrong in the previous episode, Moroccan trainers keep a close watch on their pupils, and make sure they realize that what happens outside and after kickboxing is what really matters.
Translated title of the contributionKickboxing, a Moroccan route to success?
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)56-74
Number of pages18
JournalTijdschrift voor veiligheid
Issue number3-4
Early online date1 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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