The Cockfight: A Casebook

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Alan Dundes
University of Wisconsin Press, 1994 - Social Science - 290 pages
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Originating more than 2500 years ago, cockfighting is one of the oldest documented sports in the world.  It has continued to flourish despite bans against it in many countries.  In The Cockfight: A Casebook, folklorist Alan Dundes brings together a diverse array of writing on this male-dominated ritual.
    Vivid descriptions of cockfights from Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, and the Philippines complement critical commentaries, from the fourth-century reflections of St. Augustine to contemporary anthropological and psychoanalytic interpretations.  The various essays discuss the intricate rules of the cockfight, the ethical question of pitting two equally matched roosters in a fight to the death, the emotional involvement of cockfighters and fans, and the sexual implications of the sport.  The result is an enlightening collection for anthropologists, folklorists, sociologists, and psychologists, as well as followers of this ancient blood sport.

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Contents

The Rules of Cockfighting
9
CockFighting in Puerto Rico
26
An Irish Cockfight
45
Ethical Embellishments
66
Questions from a Study of Cockfighting
81
Notes on the Balinese Cockfight
94
Cockfighting Social Structure
133
Images of the Truly Male
174
Zooanthropology of the Cockfight in Martinique
191
The Gaucho Cockfight in Porto Alegre Brazil
208
A Selected Bibliography
285
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About the author (1994)

Alan Dundes (1934–2005) was professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, and published ten books with the University of Wisconsin Press, including Parsing Through Customs: Essays by a Freudian Folklorist; The Vampire: A Casebook; The Blood Libel Legend; and Cinderella: A Casebook. He was also the editor of Recollecting Freud by Isidor Sadger.

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