## Semiotic and asemiotic practices in boxing

2022
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
Semiotica ; 2022, 248. - pp. 251-278. - De Gruyter. - ISSN 0037-1998. - eISSN 1613-3692
##### Abstract
Tracing different kinds of semiotic practices in boxing, in our text we provide a detailed reconstruction of the way athletes and other participants interpret each other’s actions and integrate these interpretations in their own course of motor action. Drawing on an ethnomethodological approach we argue that these interpretations should not be seen as being isolated from their contextual background. This context (such as the rules of the sports) and the semiotic actions taking place within them mutually elaborate one another. Analyzing several video recordings and their transcripts, we show how the social interaction of boxing fights consists of a “multi-layeredness of semiotic practice.” These layers of semiotic practice are complemented by what we introduce as asemiotic practices. Asemiotic practices exploit semiotic routines that are a part of boxing and attempt at weakening and overcoming the opponent during the fight thus eventually destroying his or her semiotic capacities.
##### Subject (DDC)
300 Social Sciences, Sociology
##### Keywords
asemiotic practices; boxing; ethnomethodology; semiotic practices; sports; video analysis
##### Cite This
ISO 690MEYER, Christian, Ulrich WEDELSTAEDT, 2022. Semiotic and asemiotic practices in boxing. In: Semiotica. De Gruyter(248), pp. 251-278. ISSN 0037-1998. eISSN 1613-3692. Available under: doi: 10.1515/sem-2022-0075
BibTex
@article{Meyer2022-08-22Semio-58423,
year={2022},
doi={10.1515/sem-2022-0075},
title={Semiotic and asemiotic practices in boxing},
number={248},
issn={0037-1998},
journal={Semiotica},
pages={251--278},
author={Meyer, Christian and Wedelstaedt, Ulrich}
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