All-in wrestling in inter-war Britain: science and spectacle in Mass Observation’s ‘Worktown’

Snape, Robert ORCID: 0000-0003-4229-0926 (2013) All-in wrestling in inter-war Britain: science and spectacle in Mass Observation’s ‘Worktown’. International of the History of Sports, 30 (12). pp. 1418-1435. ISSN 0952-3367

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Abstract

All-in wrestling was established as a spectator sport in the 1930s and appealed primarily to a working-class audience. All-in was controversial because of its excessive violence and its blend of the spectacular and dramatic with sport, which led to accusations that it was not really a sport. Nevertheless, it retained many characteristics of sport, and audiences consumed it as such. All-in wrestling was an outcome of the evolution of a traditional ancient sport into a commercial entertainment and represented an extreme conflation of sport and drama. Using records of All-in wrestling in the Mass Observation Archive, this paper explores the ways in which audiences negotiated the tensions between sport and spectacle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spectacle, spectators, commercialism, consumption, Americanisation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing
University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Worktown Studies
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 13:57
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 13:23
Identification Number: 10.1080/09523367.2013.804812
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1640

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