Unicorns, booty, and trombones: The New Day and the re-articulation of black masculinity within professional wrestling

Dickerson, Nikolas (2016) Unicorns, booty, and trombones: The New Day and the re-articulation of black masculinity within professional wrestling. In: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, 2-5 November 2016, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop contribution (Presentation)
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Abstract

According to Roland Barthes (1957), the job of the wrestler is not to win, but instead it is expected that the wrestler will perform the gestures expected of them. In a world, where morality is supposed to be carried out in the ring there are heroes and villains. Every wrestler knows their part and carries out this act through their in and out of ring performances. Within the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) industry, racial minorities have occupied the role of both hero and villain. However, when it comes to the racial image of their character, many racial minorities are pushed to play characters that are caricatures of their racial identity, such as the voodoo priest Papa Shango or the black supremacist Kama Mustafa. This presentation will trace the genealogy, of the racial performance, of black male wrestlers in order to make sense of the contemporary African American trio, the New Day. This presentation will use the theoretical concept of signiyin(g) to argue, that the in and out of ring performances of the New Day work to re-articulate new meanings of heterosexual black masculinity within the world of professional wrestling.

Keywords:race, masculinity, wrestling, identity
Subjects:T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T700 American studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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ID Code:24971
Deposited On:16 Nov 2016 15:23

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