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Book Review: Come Out Swinging: The Changing World of Boxing in Gleason’s Gym

Scholars interested in the role and evolution of boxing in a capitalist society should welcome this study of Gleason’s Gym in New York City. Lucia Trimbur provides nuanced insight into the users of one of the world’s most famous boxing gyms. She illustrates the usefulness of ethnography, offering analysis of the data collected during a six-year ethnographic project. The book is neither overburdened nor driven by theory. It is well researched, accessible, and has a distinct political perspective.