In this Book

  • Fighting for Recognition: Identity, Masculinity, and the Act of Violence in Professional Wrestling
  • Book
  • R. Tyson Smith
  • 2014
  • Published by: Duke University Press
    • Viewed
    • View Citation
summary
In Fighting for Recognition, R. Tyson Smith enters the world of independent professional wrestling, a community-based entertainment staged in community centers, high school gyms, and other modest venues. Like the big-name, televised pro wrestlers who originally inspired them, indie wrestlers engage in choreographed fights in character. Smith details the experiences, meanings, and motivations of the young men who wrestle as "Lethal" or "Southern Bad Boy," despite receiving little to no pay and risking the possibility of serious and sometimes permanent injury. Exploring intertwined issues of gender, class, violence, and the body, he sheds new light on the changing sources of identity in a postindustrial society that increasingly features low wages, insecure employment, and fragmented social support. Smith uncovers the tensions between strength and vulnerability, pain and solidarity, and homophobia and homoeroticism that play out both backstage and in the ring as the wrestlers seek recognition from fellow performers and devoted fans.

Table of Contents

restricted access Download Full Book
  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 1: The Indies
  2. pp. 9-36
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 2: Fighting for a Pop: Wrestler Recognition
  2. pp. 37-61
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 3: Passion Work: The Coordinated Production of Emotional Labor
  2. pp. 62-88
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 4: “In Real Life I’m a Total Homophobe”: Wrestlers Managing the Male Gaze
  2. pp. 89-114
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Chapter 5: Pain in the Act
  2. pp. 115-146
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 147-154
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Appendix A: How It Began
  2. pp. 155-166
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Appendix B: Rage Wrestlers/Participants
  2. pp. 167-170
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 171-196
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. References
  2. pp. 197-212
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-220
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
Back To Top