Whores, Slaves and Stallions: Languages of Exploitation and Accommodation among Boxers

  title={Whores, Slaves and Stallions: Languages of Exploitation and Accommodation among Boxers},
  author={Lo{\"i}c J. D. Wacquant},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={181 - 194}
This article draws on 35 months of ethnographic fieldwork and apprenticeship in a boxing gym located in Chicago's black ghetto to explicate how prizefighters apperceive and express the fact of being live commodities of flesh and blood, and how they practically reconcile themselves to ruthless exploitation in ways that enable them to maintain a sense of personal integrity and moral purpose. The boxer's experience of corporeal exploitation is expressed in three kindred idioms, those of… Expand

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