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Through their research, the authors navigate the challenge of reconstructing a largely forgotten, underground history, though at times the result may be too exhaustive for casual readers who, for example, might not want to wade through a city-by-city account of Brazilian female teams in the s.

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Athleticism itself was not necessarily objectionable. In fact, authorities seeking to eugenically improve citizen health often pushed female physical education and training — with a focus exclusively on their role as maternal vessels. Women were excluded from soccer specifically, though, because of its growing importance to national, virile identity. Instead, female athletes are forced to prove their financial worth: the current struggles revolve around professionalization and the benefits it confers in terms of playing, structure and public reach.

Sports Culture in Latin American History

In this sense especially, huge disparities remain. Jordana Timerman is a freelance reporter in Buenos Aires. She edits the Latin America Daily Briefing.

BY Jordana Timerman June 24, A new book traces the struggle for equality on the soccer pitch and beyond. Brazil's Marta has more World Cup goals than any other player, male or female.

Like what you've read? Subscribe to AQ for more. Any opinions expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Americas Quarterly or its publishers. It sets a new standard for future studies on the politics and culture of sports in the region.

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The early evolution of modern sport in Latin America: a mainly English middle-class inspiration.

FAQ Policy. About this book This collection interrogates sports in Latin America as a key terrain in which nation is defined and populations are interpellated through emotionally charged practices state policy, media representations, and sports play itself by professionals, national teams and amateurs of inclusion and exclusion.

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Show all. The politics of sport have accompanied the processes of urbanization and modernization, and shaped national, gendered, and class identities in Latin America since late nineteenth century.

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