This edited volume shows how 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.
Pittsburgh Sports mixes the personal experiences of fans and athletes with team histories to capture the full range of what it means to be a sports fan—in Pittsburgh, or, by extension, anywhere.
The first major study on the Cuban system of sports and physical culture. Analyzes how sports were given such high priority in Cuba, how the country became a world sports power by the mid-1970s, and the impact of sports on Cuban society.