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WWE: Wrestling, Wellness & Entertainment – An Analysis of Work and Health in Professional Wrestling

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Title: WWE: Wrestling, Wellness & Entertainment – An Analysis of Work and Health in Professional Wrestling
Author: Fargiorgio, Joseph
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Shalla, Vivian
Abstract: Within the past fifteen years, a significant number of professional wrestlers have died before age 45, with the most publicized case being the Chris Benoit double murder suicide of 2007. A significant lack of academic research has been conducted on the nature of work in professional wrestling and on the impact of such work on the physical and mental health of wrestlers. Interviews with 10 currently active professional wrestlers were conducted between November 2012 and February 2013 to learn about work in wrestling, specifically how they view their own work in regard to their overall health and lifestyle. Using a standpoint perspective, this study explores the working life and health of professional wrestlers in the Untied States through the experiences of professional wrestlers working in the industry.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8022
Date: 2014
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