Fighting Maille: Heritage and Masculinity in the Revival of Western Martial Arts in Australia, 1969 – 2012

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Eacersall, Douglas. 2014. "Fighting Maille: Heritage and Masculinity in the Revival of Western Martial Arts in Australia, 1969 – 2012." 33rd Australian Historical Association Conference: Conflict in History (AHA 2014). Brisbane, Australia 07 - 11 Jul 2014 Brisbane, Australia.
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Fighting Maille: Heritage and Masculinity in the Revival of Western Martial Arts in Australia, 1969 – 2012

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AuthorEacersall, Douglas
Journal or Proceedings Title33rd Australian Historical Association Conference: Book of Abstracts
Number of Pages8
Year2014
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://honesthistory.net.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/AHA_Conference_-Abstract-Book.pdf
Conference/Event33rd Australian Historical Association Conference: Conflict in History (AHA 2014)
Event Details
33rd Australian Historical Association Conference: Conflict in History (AHA 2014)
Event Date
07 to end of 11 Jul 2014
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

In the past, numerous traditional Western martial pursuits practised in military and civilian conflicts and as sports have fallen into disuse. This presentation seeks to examine some of the findings of a study into the history of the modern Australian revival and reconstruction of some of these dormant arts during the period 1969 - 2012 and the significance this movement has had for practitioners, especially in terms of their identity. Specifically, the paper will discuss how the revival of old pursuits and the development of new sports relate to participants’ masculinity and concepts of heritage.

Keywordsmartial arts, HEMA, identity, masculinity, cultural identity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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