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It hurts so it is real: sensing the seduction of mixed martial arts Kyle Green Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, 909 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA, [email protected] This paper explores the seduction of pain within the increasingly popular practice of mixed martial arts. It is based on a three-year ethnographic study of training schools in Minnesota. Within these sites, often-affluent men train their bodies in combat skills, learning to strike and grapple, while building a community around the shared exchange of pain. The drive is often explained with a variation of the statement: ‘I do this because you don’t know who you are . . . you don’t feel alive . . . until you get hit.’ This paper contributes to the growing body of geographic literature centered on practice and affect. Within this approach, there has been little appreciation of physical
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