alexa Golden but not brown: Oscar De La Hoya and the complications of culture, manhood, and boxing.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Fernando Delgado

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This essay explores the contours of how professional boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has been constructed through the popular and boxing press. The analysis points to the complicated relationships between ethnicity, masculinity and public personae and how one sporting icon is poised between two communities: the Latino community, predominantly in the South-west of the USA, and the broader mainstream audiences for sport and entertainment. The essay explores how De La Hoya's success and quest for mainstream acceptance has complicated how his ‘home’ communities react to and position him as a fighter, media icon, and Latino male.

This article was published in The International Journal of the History of Sport and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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