The Discourse of Dog Fighting

  title={The Discourse of Dog Fighting},
  author={Linda Kalof and Carl S. Taylor},
  journal={Humanity \& Society},
  pages={319 - 333}
In this essay, we discuss dog fighting as a blood sport with a history embedded in the status-driven display of masculinity, power and violence. Based on published reports and interviews with those living and working in dog fighting neighborhoods, we show that the contemporary cultural knowledge of dog fighting is a discourse with multiple meanings: for those who pit dogs against each other, for the worried public, for those who are charged with law enforcement, and for the dogs themselves. We… 

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