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“Real” Wrestling

Sharon Mazer

in Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle, Second Edition

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826862
eISBN:
9781496826626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826862.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Professional wrestling is an unsporting sport, a theatrical entertainment that is not theatre. Its display of violence is less contest than ritualized encounter between opponents, replayed repeatedly ... More


What the World Is Watching

Sharon Mazer

in Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle, Second Edition

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826862
eISBN:
9781496826626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826862.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

More than a vulgar parody of “real” sport, professional wrestling is a sophisticated theatricalized representation of the transgressive, violent urges generally repressed in everyday life. More than ... More


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