Negotiating violence: Mixed martial arts as a spectacle and sport

@article{Andreasson2019NegotiatingVM,
  title={Negotiating violence: Mixed martial arts as a spectacle and sport},
  author={J. Andreasson and T. Johansson},
  journal={Sport in Society},
  year={2019},
  volume={22},
  pages={1183 - 1197}
}
Abstract Drawing on qualitative interviews with Mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes and stakeholders, this study aims to investigate the relationship between, on the one hand, MMA as a spectacle and imaginary world, and on the other, the fighters’ experiences of violence, pain and ‘the real’. Analytically, we are influenced by the literature on the spectacle and on hyperreality. The results show that athletes’ negotiations concerning the sport largely connect to a particular way of approaching… Expand

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