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In this cross-cutting cultural history, Gregg Bocketti traces the origins of soccer in Brazil from its elitist, Eurocentric identity as "foot-ball" at the end of the nineteenth century to its subsequent mythologization as the specifically Brazilian "futebol," o jogo bonito (the beautiful game). Bocketti examines the sport and its narratives, which usually depict soccer as having evolved from a white elite pastime to an integral part of Brazil's national identity known for its passion and creativity, and explains the ways that the popular history of the game has obscured many of the complexities and the continuities of the history of soccer and of Brazil.

Mining a rich trove of sources, including contemporary sports journalism, archives of Brazilian soccer clubs, and British ministry records, and looking in detail at soccer's effect on all parts of Brazilian society, Bocketti shows how important the sport is to an understanding of Brazilian nationalism and nation building in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. A Note on Translations and Names
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Playing for the Nation: The Ideology of Brazilian Sports
  2. pp. 17-59
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  1. 2. Building and Rebuilding the Society of Football
  2. pp. 60-116
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  1. 3. Students and Masters: National Identity and International Football
  2. pp. 117-158
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  1. 4. Respectability, Emotion, and Gender in Brazilian Spectatorship
  2. pp. 159-200
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  1. 5. The Invention of the Beautiful Game
  2. pp. 201-242
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  1. Epilogue: The Life of the Beautiful Game
  2. pp. 243-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-316
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813055794
Related ISBN
9780813062556
MARC Record
OCLC
946998828
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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