Professional boxing : a social constructionist perspective



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Professional boxing as a social organization has received scant sociological attention; the common approach to this topic in the sociology of sport is to assume the facticity iOf boxing and then to explore its objective components. This thesis represents the findings of an ethnographic investigation of the everyday reality work by which members of the boxing subculture construct this phenomena. Chapter 1. presents an overview of the boxing subculture and an examination of the interactive processes and meanings commonly utilized by members. Chapter 2. presents an analysis of the social control functions of the fighter-trainer relationship. Chapter 3. provides accounts of the key respondent, a social type known as Mr. Boxing. Chapter 4. discusses the actual accomplishment of a boxing event. Chapter 5. summarizes the study and generalizes its findings to other leisure time pursuits. Finally, the Methods Appendix describes the details of the study, including entree strategies and issues of the field researcher's member involvement. The purpose of the report is to provide an analysis of the social construction of boxing. Commonsensically, we think of boxing as a sport, one comprised of entrepreneural (if not shady) promoters, agressive (if not irrational) combatants, and verbose media representatives. Increasingly, however, boxing is perceived as a "big money business." But to the subculture members of the boxing community, boxing is more of a shared reality than a commercial enterprise.



Boxing--United States