Bayou Country Bloodsport

The Culture of Cockfighting in Southern Louisiana


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About the Book

Cockfighting has had a long history in the United States. Now outlawed in all 50 states, the violent sport serves as a springboard to discuss controversial leisure activities. The author’s fieldwork, beginning before the ban of cockfighting and conducted mainly in South Louisiana, provides the basis for discussions of issues of society, sport, risk, spectatorship, culture, entertainment, recreation reform, gambling, and other “purple leisure” activities.

About the Author(s)

Jon Griffin Donlon is a professor in the department of Sport and Leisure Management at Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan. He divides his time between Japan and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bibliographic Details

Jon Griffin Donlon
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7247-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1346-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

 1. The Nature of Cockfighting 5

 2. Cockfighting in a Global Perspective 26

 3. Sport, Game, or Entertainment—A Slight Diversion 41

 4. Cockfighting as Sport 53

 5. The Recreation Reform Movement—Teaching Workers to Play Right 72

 6. Cocks in Culture 87

 7. Tradition or Bane—Game Cocks in Contemporary History 102

 8. Wagering Culture 122

 9. Details of Example Cockpits 146

10. Cockfighting as a Social Text 163

Chapter Notes 179

Bibliography 189

Index 197