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The Cockfight
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Originating more than 2500 years ago, cockfighting is one of the oldest documented sports in the world.  It has continued to flourish despite bans against it in many countries.  In The Cockfight: A Casebook, folklorist Alan Dundes brings together a diverse array of writing on this male-dominated ritual.
    Vivid descriptions of cockfights from Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, and the Philippines complement critical commentaries, from the fourth-century reflections of St. Augustine to contemporary anthropological and psychoanalytic interpretations.  The various essays discuss the intricate rules of the cockfight, the ethical question of pitting two equally matched roosters in a fight to the death, the emotional involvement of cockfighters and fans, and the sexual implications of the sport.  The result is an enlightening collection for anthropologists, folklorists, sociologists, and psychologists, as well as followers of this ancient blood sport.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-2
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  1. A Barnyard Cockfight of the Fourth Century
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. A Cock Fight from the Ming Dynasty
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. The Rules of Cockfighting
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. A London Cockpit and Its Frequenters
  2. pp. 17-25
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  1. Cock-Fighting in Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. A Cockfight in Tahiti
  2. pp. 30-37
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  1. California Cockfight
  2. pp. 38-44
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  1. An Irish Cockfight
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. The Birds of Death
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. The Fraternity of Cockfighters: Ethical Embellishments of an Illegal Sport
  2. pp. 66-80
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  1. Questions from a Study of Cockfighting
  2. pp. 81-93
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  1. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight
  2. pp. 94-132
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  1. Cock or Bull: Cockfighting, Social Structure, and Political Commentary in the Philippines
  2. pp. 133-173
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  1. The Cockfight in Andalusia, Spain: Images of the Truly Male
  2. pp. 174-190
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  1. Zooanthropology of the Cockfight in Martinique
  2. pp. 191-207
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  1. The Gaucho Cockfight in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  2. pp. 208-231
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  1. Cockfighting on the Venezuelan Island of Margarita: A Ritualized Form of Male Aggression
  2. pp. 232-240
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  1. Gallus as Phallus: A Psychoanalytic Cross-Cultural Consideration of the Cockfight as Fowl Play
  2. pp. 241-284
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  1. A Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-290
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