Of Chickens and Men: Cockfighting and Equality in the South

Maunula, Marko
December 2007
Southern Cultures;Winter2007, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p76
Academic Journal
This essay explores the role of cockfighting in U.S. South's culture. According to the article, the cockpit serves as a cultural middle ground and melting pot of southern subcultures, economic classes and ethnic groups. Moral arguments for and against the practice now focus more on the welfare of animals, whereas before, they focus on the game's corrupting effects on the participants. The inclusiveness of cockfighting is seen as a reflection of the ingroup-outgroup dynamics which result in a close-knit and cohesive community.


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