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Media & Communication Studies


Sheryl Goodman

Committee Member

Rebecca Jaroff

Committee Member

Jay Miller

Department Chair

Louise Woodstock

Project Description

The purpose of this ethnographic study of the Vespey College Wrestling is to obtain a better understanding of the wrestlers’ perspectives on cultural behaviors and norms that appear to oppose masculinity. This ethnographic study is based on observational fieldnotes I have collected and interviews I have conducted over a five month period as a participant observer of the wrestling team. This report includes an introduction to the study, a review of literature pertaining to masculinity and wrestling, a methods section, an ethnographic description, and a conclusion that discusses the implications of the results and suggestions for further research. Future research should be done to understand how members of western male-dominated subcultures perceive masculinity and hierarchy within their subculture.

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