Wrestling With Stardom:The Factors and Contexts that Inform Relations Between Wrestling Stars and their Audiences


Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Original languageEnglish
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Award date2018
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The purpose of this doctoral study is to explore the wrestling star image and investigate the different relationships wrestling stars share with varying audience members. In doing so, it will develop a complex depiction of a type of celebrity and an industry that has, in the past, received scant attention within academia. It will build upon the growing scholarship of wrestling studies, providing the first in depth audience study that examines the connections between wrestling stars and audience members. The research uses a cultural studies framework, situated within a number of fields that the project will bring together, including star and celebrity studies, audience research, industry studies and wrestling scholarship.