Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences

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Abstract

At the intersection of sport, entertainment and performance, wrestling occupies a unique position in British popular culture. This is the first book to offer a detailed historical and cultural analysis of British professional wrestling, exploring the shifting popularity of the sport as well as its wider social significance. Arguing that the history of professional wrestling can help us understand key themes in sport, culture and performance that span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it addresses topics such as: attitudes towards violence, representations of masculinity, the media and celebrity culture, consumerism and globalisation. By drawing on a variety of intellectual traditions and disciplines, the book explores the role of power in the development of popular cultural forms, the ways in which history structures the present, and the manner in which audiences construct identity and meaning through sport. Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences is fascinating reading for all students and researchers with an interest in media and cultural studies, histories and sociologies of sport, or performance studies.

LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages184
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781351180443
ISBN (Print)9780815385714
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2018

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NameRoutledge Research in Sports History
PublisherRoutledge

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Celebrity
History
Historical Analysis
Celebrity Culture
Performance Study
Cultural Analysis
Cultural Studies
Masculinity
Media Studies
Popular Culture
Consumerism
Globalization
Media Culture

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Litherland, Benjamin. / Wrestling in Britain : Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences. 1st ed. London : Routledge, 2018. 184 p. (Routledge Research in Sports History).
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Litherland B. Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences. 1st ed. London: Routledge, 2018. 184 p. (Routledge Research in Sports History). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351180443