Journalism special investigation: rolling with the punches: from Olympic glory to sudden tragedy in boxing

West, Sam O'Brien (2015) Journalism special investigation: rolling with the punches: from Olympic glory to sudden tragedy in boxing. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Boxing is a sport which has always divided public opinion due to the violent nature of the sport and seemingly obvious dangers. However, a closer look into difference aspects of the sport uncovers the potential to inspire an individual, social group, or even a nation.
    The features within “Rolling with the punches” each aim to explore boxing in a different light. At one end of the scale, the features report on the Olympic dream which is engrained in the heart of every GB amateur boxer, and the rise of women’s boxing. However they also delve into the more serious, controversial aspects of the sport, such as serious injury and even death in unlicensed boxing.
    The essay section of this investigation also relates to boxing. Entitled “An investigation into the portrayal of sportswomen in the national print media over the past 20 years, with a particular focus on boxing” it argues that sportswomen are seriously underrepresented in the UK national print media. In addition to this, it also asserts that they are often sexualised by the press, who tend to focus on aspects on their gendered appearance as opposed to their performance. In the case of boxing, it argues that this is a sport historically dominated by males, and that the rise of women’s boxing has been subject to criticism and scepticism from the public and the media. These arguments are substantiated through the use of academic research, industry insight, content analysis and case studies.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 15:14
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 15:14

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