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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Sociology

Date of Award

5-2004

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Scott H. Beck

Committee Members

Paul Kamolnick, Wendell H. Hester

Abstract

This thesis explores professional wrestling as a cultural medium, a form of theater/soap opera that provides psychological and sociological releases for its viewing audience. Research methodology includes participant-observation and content analysis. Findings suggest that professional wrestling provides various types of emotional outlets for its viewing audience by allowing the participants to form social groups that include specific cultural elements as well as social support.

Gender differences, violence in society, social groups, and crossing racial and income barriers are also examined.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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