Media & Communication Studies
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.
Dodson-Nease, Sydney A., "Survival of the Toughest: An Ethnographic Study of a Collegiate Wrestling Team" (2015). Media and Communication Studies Honors Papers. 2.