Fighting for Acceptance: Mixed Martial Artists and Violence in American Society (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/1/18
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In recent years, mixed martial arts, also known as "ultimate fighting", has become thefastest-growing sport in American society, but it is also considered the mostcontroversial. Based on interviews conducted with forty mixed martial arts athletes,Fighting for Acceptance answers these questions:Who are the ultimate fighters?How did they become involved in the sport? What goes on in their heads while competing?Do the fighters feel a social responsibility to preach nonviolence out of thesport? How do they see themselves fitting into today's society?Authors David Mayeda, a mixed martial arts fan and occasional fighter, and DavidChing explore these political and sociological issues through in-depth interviews withfighters such as Randy "The Natural" Couture, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson,"Dangerous" Dan Henderson, Jason "MayheM" Miller, Antonio McKee, Frank Trigg,Travis Lutter, Chris "The Crippler" Leben, and Guy Mezger.Fighting for Acceptance is for the sport's fans and its critics alike as it delves into theramifications of the athletic event. This growing phenomenon is so controversial thatmany still question if it should even be considered a sport.
David Tokiharu Mayeda received his PhD inAmerican Studies from the University of Hawaiiin 2005, where he also served as an assistantprofessor. He recently entered his first amateurmixed martial arts competition.David E. Ching received his MA in Economicsfrom California State University, Long Beachand also taught at the University of Hawaii. He and his wife, Una, have a daughter,Natalie, and reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.E-mail us at MMAcademics@yahoo.com