Wacquant is now a researcher at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne in Paris, and a professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.
His book, Body Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer, published in 2003 by Oxford University Press, serves up more than 200 pages of detail. Wacquant writes that, prior to entering “a boxing gym in a neighbourhood of Chicago’s black ghetto, I had never practised that sport or even considered trying it. I thus found myself in the situation of the perfect novice”. That was in 1988….
So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.