Mma, mixed martial arts, ufc, ultimate fighting championship, 1990s, culture, america, censorship, video games, violent music
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
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic, Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
Doeg, Andrew, "Outside The Cage: The Political Campaign To Destroy Mixed Martial Arts" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2530.
Restricted to the UCF community until May 2013; it will then be open access.