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Mixed Martial Arts and the Quest for Legitimacy : The Sport vs. Spectacle Divide - (Paperback)

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? Mixed martial arts or MMA is widely regarded as the fastest growing sport. Events fill stadiums around the world and draw vast television audiences, earning strong revenue through pay-per-view at a time when other sports have abandoned it. In 2016, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was bought by the massive talent agency WME-IMG for $4 billion. Despite this success, much of the public remains uneasy with the sport, which critics have denounced as “human ******.” Through an exploration of violence, class, gender, race and nationalism, the author finds that MMA is both an expression of the positive values of martial arts and a spectacle defined by narcissism, hate and patriarchy. The long-term success of MMA will depend on the ability of promoters and athletes to resist indulging in spectacle at the expense of sport.
Number of Pages: 195.0
Genre: Sports + Recreation
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Mark S. Williams
Language: English
Street Date: March 9, 2018
TCIN: 52913808
UPC: 9781476671291
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-5264

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