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Identity in professional wrestling : essays on nationality, race and gender

Author: Aaron D Horton
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of new essays contributes to the growing literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport. Topics include cultural appropriation in the ring, gender non-comformity, national stereotypes, and wrestling as transmission of cultural values"--
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron D Horton
ISBN: 9781476667287 1476667284
OCLC Number: 1022983339
Description: vii, 309 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Iron Sheik and public representation of Iranian national identity in professional wrestling / Zara Mirmalek --
"They ain't like us" : race, class and gender in Smoky Mountain wrestling / Edward Salo --
Latin lords of the ring : politics, nativism and Mexican/Chicano identity through professional wrestling / Justin D. Garcia --
"Degenerative sports and dirty tactics" : race and professional wrestling in Cape Town, South Africa, c. 1880-1988 / Hendrik Snyders --
Nazis, Japs and Pearl Harbor attacks : German and Japanese stereotypes in American professional wrestling / Aaron D. Horton --
Deepest, darkest Africa : cultural appropriation in professional wrestling / Kevin Hogg --
Wrestling with masculinity : exoticos in lucha libre / Ximena Rojo de la Vega Guinea --
Transformed bodies and gender norms : gender identity of Japanese women pro wrestlers / Keiko Aiba --
"A secret fascination" : professional wrestling, gender non-conformity and masculinity / Elizabeth Catte and Josh Howard --
Sasha Banks, the boss of NXT : media, gender and the evolution of women's wrestling in WWE / Christiana Molldrem Harkulich --
The beginnings of wrestling in Brazil : theatricality, marketing and a colorful character / Riqueldi Straub Lise, Andre Mendes Capraro, Natasha Santos and Aaron D. Horton --
The transmission of cultural values through professional wrestling : a cross-cultural comparison / Tyson L. Platt --
The "sportification" of wrestling in France : strength, performance and regulation (1852-1913) / Frederic Loyer and Jean-François Loudcher --
"I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket" : music in the Memphis and Mid-South/UWF professional wrestling territories and the transformation of southern political culture, 1958-87 / Christopher L. Stacey --
Pile driving the past : WWE '13 and mediating the history of WWE through video games / Andrew Baerg --
Lowland gorilla ballerina acrobat : Brock Lesnar, Sherdog.com and the perception of professional wrestlers competing in combat sports / Evan Karl Nagel --
Macho madness and the mania ("oh yeaaaah, dig it!") : mediatization, masculinities and affective memories of WWF's halcyon days (circa 1984-1993) / Damion Sturm --
Origins of the rock 'n' wrestling connection / Seth Bovey.
Responsibility: edited by Aaron D. Horton.

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Professional wrestling possesses a global appeal across national, regional, racial, and gender boundaries. The essays collected in this volume represent the most diverse array of topics and  Read more...

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