Sport and society in Latin America : diffusion, dependency, and the rise of mass culture /

Other Authors: Arbena, Joseph.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
Series: Contributions to the study of popular culture, no. 20
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A very exciting collection that explores sport in itself and also as a cultural phenomenon. In unexpected ways, bicycles are linked to modernization in Mexico, baseball takes on socialist overtones in the Yucatan, and the political outlook in Cuba and Nicaragua is explained in terms of their emphasis on sports. This reviewer especially liked Lever's article on Brazil, in which she demonstrates that "sport helps complex modern societies cohere." Spanning a time period from the turn of the century to the present, the seven essays offer dramatic insights into Latin American societies; Robert Levine's conclusion presents comparisons with sports in the US. This new entry into the growing field of sport and social analysis is highly recommended for college and university libraries. -R. Delson, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

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