Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College

Professional Wrestling

We discuss the sociology of pro wrestling.
Professional Wrestling

Today, The Annex delves into the world of professional wrestling with R. Tyson Smith, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Fighting for Recognition: Identity, Masculinity, and the Act of Violence in Professional Wrestling (Duke University Press).

We have two great co-hosts. Patrick Reilly is a sociologist at the Paul Merage School of Business University of California, Irvine. He is a media sociologist, author of “No Laughter Among Thieves” in the American Sociological Review, and a part-time independent wrestling announcer in California.

Timothy Gill is a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Tim is an expert on Venezuelan politics, recently published The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas: The Trump Administration and Beyond with Routledge, and is a former wrestler.

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“Pro Wrestling LIVE! Campaign Materials” by Lindsey Ward is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

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