School Research Seminar - Reflexive BrAsians: Understanding How The ‘Doing’ And ‘Displaying’ Of Family Practices Shapes Young Muslims Engagement In Boxing

We are delighted to welcome Izram Chaudry, University of Leeds to deliver the School Research Seminar.


What influence do BrAsian parents have on shaping their children’s perspectives towards and engagement within the sport of boxing? Why do parents and families that share similar social circumstances not respond in a uniform fashion? How and why can we understand the heterogeneity of parental responses that lead to them either supporting or constraining their children’s endeavours in the ‘sweet science’? In this presentation, I utilise Margaret Archer’s notion of reflexivity to make sense of the variations that individuals display in their responses to novel social situations. I draw upon ethnographic and interview data generated from a sample of BrAsian amateur and professional boxers located in West Yorkshire, England. These data provide the boxers’ perspectives into how and why the structural forces of family and the community have either enabled or constrained their agential powers as pugilists.

Speaker biography

Izram Chaudry is a final year PhD student within the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. He is supervised by Prof. Nick Emmel and Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli. He has special research interests in racism and ethnicity studies and the sociology of sport, family and education. He has published on the racialised experiences and sense of belonging felt by British Muslim students in higher education.

Event practicalities and joining details

Event joining details:

The event will be held on Zoom, access the meeting via the link and joining details below:

Meeting ID: 889 9205 0157
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