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MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Scott H. Beck
Paul Kamolnick, Wendell H. Hester
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.
Thesis - Campus Only
Kholer, Barbara Allen, "The Psychological, Sociological, and Cultural Aspects of Professional Wrestling as Soap Opera." (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 857. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/857
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