Decivilizing, civilizing or informalizing? The international development of Mixed Martial Arts

  title={Decivilizing, civilizing or informalizing? The international development of Mixed Martial Arts},
  author={Ra{\'u}l S{\'a}nchez Garc{\'i}a and Dominic Malcolm},
  journal={International Review for the Sociology of Sport},
  pages={39 - 58}
This article contributes to ongoing debates about trends in violence in sport through an examination of the emergence of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The article counters suggestions that the rise of MMA is indicative of a decivilizing and/or de-sportizing process, arguing instead that the development of MMA can best be explained with reference to the concepts of informalization and the ‘quest for excitement’. More particularly, the article argues that MMA emerged as a global sport as a… Expand

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