publication . Thesis . 2014

The field and the stage pugilism, combat performance and professional wrestling in England: 1700 – 1980

Litherland, Benjamin M;
Open Access English
  • Published: 29 Aug 2014
  • Country: United Kingdom
Speaking to a local radio station in the 1960s, with the glitz, glitter and glamour of televised professional wrestling at its height, one old, retired Cumbrian wrestler declared that ‘wrestling…was a game for the field not the stage’. This statement, condensed and potent as it is, could stand in for the questions this thesis asks and seeks to answer: why did wrestling develop as a professional, performed ‘sporting entertainment’? To answer this question, existing theories of social and sports history are combined with cultural studies methods and applied to Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of fields.\ud Chapters one and two surveys the birth of a fielded society and th...
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