Cockfighting has had a long history in the United States. Now outlawed in all 50 states, the bloody sport serves as a springboard to discuss controversial leisure activities. The author's fieldwork, beginning before the ban of cockfighting and conducted mainly in South Louisiana, provides the basis for discussions of issues of society, sport, risk, spectatorship, culture, entertainment, recreation reform, gambling, and other purple leisure activities.
Jon Griffin Donlon is a professor in the department of Sport and Leisure Management at Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.