Not putting away childish things: The importance of childhood in the audience reception of professional Wrestling Stars

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Abstract

This article is based on the findings of an audience research project investigating the relationship between audiences, stars and the industry of professional wrestling. The article focuses on the links questionnaire respondents and focus group participants made between their favourite wrestling stars and their own childhood. The article traces the continuing role this connection has played into their adult lives/fandom and the central role perceptions of ‘authenticity’ play in this relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-29
Number of pages27
JournalParticipations
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

Keywords

  • audiences
  • childhood
  • wrestling
  • celebrity
  • stardom
  • authenticity
  • life course
  • ageing
  • pibe
  • memory
  • family
  • masculinity
  • fathers

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