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Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle, Second Edition

Sharon Mazer


Professional wrestling is one of the most popular performance practices in the United States and around the world, drawing millions of spectators to live events and televised broadcasts. The displays of violence, simulated and actual, may be the obvious appeal, but that is just the beginning. Fans debate performance choices with as much energy as they argue about their favorite wrestlers. The ongoing scenarios and presentations of manly and not so-manly characters—from the flamboyantly feminine to the hypermasculine—simultaneously celebrate and critique, parody and affirm, the American dream a ... More

Keywords: Professional wrestling, Popular performance, Kayfabe, Masculinity, Fandom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496826862
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Mazer, author
Auckland University of Technology