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Outside the Cage: The Campaign to Destroy Mixed Martial Arts

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Date Issued:
2013
Abstract/Description:
This is an early history of Mixed Martial Arts in America. It focuses primarily on the political campaign to ban the sport in the 1990s and the repercussions that campaign had on MMA itself. Furthermore, it examines the censorship of music and video games in the 1990s. The central argument of this work is that the political campaign to ban Mixed Martial Arts was part of a larger political movement to censor violent entertainment. Connections are shown in the actions and rhetoric of politicians who attacked music, video games and the Ultimate Fighting Championship on the grounds that it glorified violence. The political pressure exerted on the sport is largely responsible for the eventual success and widespread acceptance of MMA. The pressure forced the sport to regulate itself and transformed it into something more acceptable to mainstream America.
Title: Outside the Cage: The Campaign to Destroy Mixed Martial Arts.
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Name(s): Doeg, Andrew, Author
Crepeau, Richard, Committee Chair
Sacher, John, Committee Member
Solonari, Vladimir, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This is an early history of Mixed Martial Arts in America. It focuses primarily on the political campaign to ban the sport in the 1990s and the repercussions that campaign had on MMA itself. Furthermore, it examines the censorship of music and video games in the 1990s. The central argument of this work is that the political campaign to ban Mixed Martial Arts was part of a larger political movement to censor violent entertainment. Connections are shown in the actions and rhetoric of politicians who attacked music, video games and the Ultimate Fighting Championship on the grounds that it glorified violence. The political pressure exerted on the sport is largely responsible for the eventual success and widespread acceptance of MMA. The pressure forced the sport to regulate itself and transformed it into something more acceptable to mainstream America.
Identifier: CFE0004675 (IID), ucf:49870 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
M.A.
Arts and Humanities, History
Masters
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Subject(s): MMA -- Mixed Martial Arts -- UFC -- Ultimate Fighting Championship -- 1990s -- culture -- America -- censorship -- video games -- violent music
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004675
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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