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

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The author contends that the spectacle of ultimate fighting both undermines mixed martial arts as a legitimate sport and its martial virtues. He considers the conflicts of mixed martial arts, through themes like nationalism and class, discussing the nationalism inspired by the sport; the testosterone replacement therapy era of cage-fighting, the controversies involved, its heroes and villains, and why banning it was the right decision; the spectacle of violence and the nature of head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a major problem in professional sports; gender roles in the industry, including women fighters, gendered language used by fighters, the projection of hypermasculinity, and the insults of feminization; the global expansion of the sport, pay, and monopolization; and Conor McGregor as a representation of the tension between martial arts and spectacle. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 195
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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