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Perhaps no other activity is more synonymous with passion, identity, bodily ideals, and the power of place than sport. As the essays in this volume show, the function of sport as a historical and cultural marker is particularly relevant in Latin America. From the late nineteenth century to the present, the contributors reveal how sport opens a wide window into local, regional, and national histories. The essays examine the role of sport as a political vehicle, in claims to citizenship, as a source of community and ethnic pride, as a symbol of masculinity or feminism, as allegorical performance, and in many other purposes. Sports Culture in Latin American History juxtaposes analyses of better-known activities such as boxing and soccer with first peoples’ athletics in Argentina, Cholita wrestling in Bolivia, the African-influenced martial art of capoeira, Japanese Brazilian gateball, the “Art Deco” body ideal for post-revolutionary Mexican women, Jewish soccer fans in Argentina and transgressive behavior at matches, and other topics. The contributors view the local origins and adaptations of these athletic activities and their significance as insightful narrators of history and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Laura Podalsky
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Roberto Durán, Omar Torrijos, and the Rise of Isthmian Machismo
  2. Michael Donoghue
  3. pp. 17-38
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  1. 2. Fighting on the Edge: Cholitas Luchadoras in Bolivia’s Cholo Revolution
  2. Ken Lehman
  3. pp. 39-60
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  1. 3. Natural Athletes: Constructing Southern Indigenous Physicality in Late Nineteenth-Century Argentina
  2. Carolyne Ryan Larson
  3. pp. 61-83
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  1. 4. Japanese-Brazilian Croquet in São Paulo: Ethnic Identity, Contestation, and Integration
  2. Joshua Hotaka Roth
  3. pp. 84-102
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  1. 5. People of the Book or People of the (Foot)ball? On the Pitch with the Fans of Atlanta in Buenos Aires
  2. Raanan Rein
  3. pp. 103-120
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  1. 6. Building Bodies: Creating Urban Landscapes of Athletic Aesthetics in Postrevolutionary Mexico City
  2. Ageeth Sluis
  3. pp. 121-138
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  1. 7. Boxing in the Making of a Colombian Costeño Identity
  2. David M. K. Sheinin
  3. pp. 139-160
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  1. 8. From “Moral Disease” to “National Sport”: Race, Nation, and Capoeira in Brazil
  2. Katya Wesolowski
  3. pp. 161-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-224
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-236
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822980452
Related ISBN
9780822963370
MARC Record
OCLC
905438830
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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