Identity in Professional Wrestling: Essays on Nationality, Race and Gender

Identity in Professional Wrestling: Essays on Nationality, Race and Gender

by Aaron D. Horton (Editor)

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ISBN-13: 9781476667287
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2018
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Aaron D. Horton is an associate professor of history at Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

Part I. Race

The Iron Sheik and Public Representation of Iranian National

Identity in Professional Wrestling (Zara Mirmalek) 11

“They ain’t like us”: Race, Class and Gender in Smoky

Mountain Wrestling (Edward Salo) 24

Latin Lords of the Ring: Politics, Nativism and Mexican/

Chicano Identity Through Professional Wrestling (Justin D. García) 37

“Degenerative sports and dirty tactics”: Race and Professional Wrestling in Cape Town, South Africa, c. 1880–1988 (Hendrik Snyders) 56

Nazis, Japs and Pearl Harbor Attacks: German and Japanese

Stereotypes in American Professional Wrestling (Aaron D. Horton) 76

Deepest, Darkest Africa, (Illinois): Cultural Appropriation in Professional Wrestling (Kevin Hogg) 92

Part II. Gender

Wrestling with Masculinity: Exóticos in Lucha Libre (Ximena Rojo de la Vega Guinea) 109

Transformed Bodies and Gender Norms: Gender Identity of Japanese Women Pro Wrestlers (Keiko Aiba) 120

“A secret fascination”: Professional Wrestling, Gender ­Non-Conformity and Masculinity (Elizabeth Catte and Josh Howard) 137

Sasha Banks, the Boss of NXT: Media, Gender and

the Evolution of Women’s Wrestling in WWE (Christiana Molldrem Harkulich) 148

III. Culture and Modernity

The Beginnings of Wrestling in Brazil: Theatricality, Marketing

and a Colorful Character (Riqueldi Straub Lise, André Mendes Capraro, Natasha Santos and Aaron D. Horton) 162

The Transmission of Cultural Values Through Professional

Wrestling: A ­Cross-Cultural Comparison (Tyson L. Platt) 179

The “Sportification” of Wrestling in France: Strength,

Performance and Regulation (1852–1913) (Frédéric Loyer and ­Jean-François Loudcher) 199

IV. Wrestling and Media

“I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket”: Music in the Memphis

and ­Mid-South/UWF Professional Wrestling Territories

and the Transformation of Southern Political Culture,

1958–1987 (Christopher L. Stacey) 221

Pile Driving the Past: WWE ’13 and Mediating the History

of WWE Through Video Games (Andrew Baerg )234

Lowland Gorilla Ballerina Acrobat: Brock Lesnar, Sherdog.com

and the Perception of Professional Wrestlers Competing in

Combat Sports (Evan Karl Nagel) 249

Macho Madness and the Mania (“Oh Yeaaaah, Dig It!”):

Mediatization, Masculinities and Affective Memories of WWF’s Halcyon Days (c. 1984–1993) (Damion Sturm) 270

Origins of the Rock ’n’ Wrestling Connection (Seth Bovey) 289

About the Contributors 301

Index 305

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