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Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Jennifer McClearen

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Over the first twenty years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) history, the mixed-martial arts (MMA) promotion adamantly excluded female athletes and upheld sports media’s time-honored ... More


Visibility and Difference in the UFC

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The introduction considers the increased visibility of female athletes in MMA--a phenomenon enabled by a 21st century media context that increasingly seeks out representations of difference, ... More


Developing a Millennial Sports Media Brand

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Chapter one establishes the organizational context that facilitated the integration of diverse female athletes into the UFC brand. A “millennial sports media brand,” such as the UFC, deploys branding ... More


Gendering the American Dream

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The third chapter of Fighting Visibility investigates how the UFC incorporates diverse female fighters into discourses of meritocracy and the American dream. While sports media has long embraced the ... More


The Labor of Visibility on Social Media

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The fourth chapter of Fighting Visibility analyzes interviews with female UFC fighters to consider how they navigate social media in their jobs. Building followers online, engaging with fans, and ... More


The Fight for Labor Equity

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Chapter 5 delves into the unionization efforts by former UFC fighter Leslie Smith and the fighters’ association she cofounded, Project Spearhead. Smith has legally challenged the UFC’s classification ... More


Coda: On Love and Violence

Jennifer McClearen

in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043734
eISBN:
9780252052637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043734.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The conclusion of Fighting Visibility meditates on the tensions between love and violence in MMA and its largest promotion. Rather than framing MMA as an inherently violent pursuit, the coda upholds ... More


No Hard Feelings: Why Martial Arts Doesn’t Mean What Violence Means

Janet O'Shea

in Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190871536
eISBN:
9780190871574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871536.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter continues the examination of how martial arts differ from violence by delving into the symbolism attached to sport fighting. Here, this section investigates the significance of seemingly ... More


On the Line: The Pleasure of Risk versus the Culture of Fear

Janet O'Shea

in Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190871536
eISBN:
9780190871574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190871536.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines the relationship between risk and physical play, distinguishing between danger—that is, external conditions—and risk as the experience of those conditions. Here, through ... More


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