Wrestler Masculinity in Dagestan as a Local Hegemony

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Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 11

The article presents an analysis of the reproduction of hegemonic masculinity in the local context on the example of masculinity of freestyle wrestlers in the Republic of Dagestan. Based on the materials of semi-structured in-depth biographical interviews with current and former wrestlers, as well as with young Dagestan men who are not involved in wrestling practices, it is concluded that the male subjectivity cultivated in this sport is reproduced as hegemonic in the context of the entire Dagestan society. This occurs due to the following institutional and cultural instruments: the massification of freestyle wrestling, its importance as a talent factory for politics, the alliance of wrestling communities with religious elites, the function of freestyle wrestling as an institution to maintain power and control of the elders over the juniors in the conditions of decay of traditional society.

Keywordshegemonic masculinity, Dagestan, freestyle wrestling, mass sports, power of elders
AcknowledgmentThis article is a translation of: Поляков С.И. Борцовская маскулинность в Дагестане как локальная гегемония // Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniia. 2021. No 10: 116–124. DOI: 10.31857/S013216250015531-7. The original research was completed under the sponsorship of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research as part of the scientific project No. 1931190056.
Publication date22.12.2021
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