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Wrestlers, Fans and Power Dynamics at Live Events

Hill, Annette LU (2019) In The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture p.15-30
Abstract
Within the world of professional wrestling, the blurred boundaries of the live event and physical nature of the sport intersect with the dramatized storytelling of this entertainment experience. As such, this chapter considers how audiences and fans interact with professional performers to co-produce the cultural practices of professional wrestling. The author uses ethnographic research at live professional wrestling events in Sweden to explore how different types of cultural practices enforce and legitimate each other, shaping the affective structure of sports entertainment. The chapter examines how the intersections within sports entertainment highlight the particularities of power made visible through the collective practices of... (More)
Within the world of professional wrestling, the blurred boundaries of the live event and physical nature of the sport intersect with the dramatized storytelling of this entertainment experience. As such, this chapter considers how audiences and fans interact with professional performers to co-produce the cultural practices of professional wrestling. The author uses ethnographic research at live professional wrestling events in Sweden to explore how different types of cultural practices enforce and legitimate each other, shaping the affective structure of sports entertainment. The chapter examines how the intersections within sports entertainment highlight the particularities of power made visible through the collective practices of wrestlers and audience members. In the process, this analysis contrasts with Henry Jenkins’ arguments regarding power in a participatory culture, in which media producers retain power over and through the affective economies of convergence culture. (Less)
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professional wrestling, popular culture, live events
host publication
Convergent Wrestling
series title
The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture
editor
Reinhard, CarrieLynn D.; Olson, Christopher J.; and
pages
15 pages
publisher
Routledge Taylor & Francis
ISBN
9781351233989
9780815377641
DOI
10.4324/9781351233989
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English
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yes
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af09420c-793a-4cd9-8a9a-44494e0e10a2
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2019-04-10 16:32:07
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  author       = {Hill, Annette},
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  keyword      = {professional wrestling,popular culture,live events},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  pages        = {15--30},
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  series       = {The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture},
  title        = {Wrestlers, Fans and Power Dynamics at Live Events},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351233989},
  year         = {2019},
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