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- DescriptionUnleashing Manhood in the Cage: Masculinity and Mixed Martial Arts addresses the question Why do mixed martial arts participants endure grueling workouts and suffer through injury, with little or pay, just to compete? The answer is because the participants enjoy a form of idolization from their supporters, each other, and culture more generally, which is linked to masculinity. In fact, MMA organizers, from the very beginning, purposefully created elements of the sport that are linked to dominant narratives about manhood. In this context, men don thin open-fingered gloves, lock themselves in a caged enclosure, and slug it out in a fight with few rules to see who comes out on top. This all occurs while ring girls in high-heels and skin-tight shirts and shorts stride around outside the cage holding signs and peddling t-shirts. The sum of these elements is the creation of a type of a publicly accessible and consumable form of masculinity. The sport of mixed martial arts is a rich and intriguing space where the construction of gender can be explored through a sociological and ethgraphic lens.
- Author BiographyChristian A. Vaccaro is assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Melissa L. Swauger is associate professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
- Author(s)Christian A. Vaccaro,Melissa L. Swauger
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication16/11/2015
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Weight363 g
- Width159 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine14 mm
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