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Unpacking a Punch

  • Mark A. Wood
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)

Abstract

Drawing on a survey of 205 fight page users, this chapter examines why, how and to what end individuals view footage of bare-knuckle street violence. As I will illustrate, participants’ reasons for viewing fight videos were many and varied: entertainment, amusement, intrigue, righteous justice, boredom alleviation, self-validation, self-defence learning and risk awareness. Through analysing these different modes of spectating bare-knuckle violence on fight pages, I show that, in order to understand why individuals use these pages, we must examine how they read, and affectively respond to viewing specific forms of bare-knuckle street violence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Wood
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  1. 1.CriminologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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