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Mixed martial arts: Civilizing or decivilizing process? A bibliometric analysis

Abstract : Within the sporting landscape much has changed from the proliferation and integration of new technologies, for example, the practice of mixed martial arts (MMA) has developed on the fringes of modern sport. It combines several martial arts, is practised in a cage, and allows ground strikes. MMA is presented here within a framework inspired by Norbert Elias’s theory of civilizing of aggressive impulses through sport. We reviewed more than 20 years of literature, with 785 international references and a triple analysis of the discipline, those being physical violence, symbolism, the play impulse.
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Robin Delory, Olivier Sirost, Pascal Roland. Mixed martial arts: Civilizing or decivilizing process? A bibliometric analysis. Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence, Trivent Publishing, 2018, 2 (2), ⟨10.22618/TP.PJCV.20171.1⟩. ⟨hal-02024078⟩



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