The Barbaric Spectacle of Late Modern Fighting
Date of Award
Closed Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Peter B. Kraska
Victor E. Kappeler
Few events can ignite public controversy and attract popular attention than that of violence. A fascinating new development - human cage fighting - has generated massive audiences and significant media attention. Existing beneath the visceral spectacle of mediated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is an underworld of human fighting that is gripping contemporary popular culture. By offering more illicit and brutal forms of violence, this netherworld has increasingly distorted the boundary between criminality and entertainment. Despite the massive implications stemming from this phenomenon, criminology has yet to inquire into this rapidly growing trend. This study sheds initial empirical and theoretical light on "human fighting" through employing ethnographic research methods by making use of field participation, direct observations, and in-depth interviews. By utilizing methods that permit the close systematic collection of data, this ethnography has allowed for an intimate understanding of both state-sanctioned and underground human fighting activities. In order to make theoretical sense of the major findings, a late-modern framework is used to contextualize this emerging phenomenon as well as unpack its situated meaning and social significance.
Copyright 2009 John James Brent
Brent, John James, "The Barbaric Spectacle of Late Modern Fighting" (2009). Online Theses and Dissertations. 87.