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This vital new handbook marks the development of sports studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, Jay Coakley, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: an inventory of the principal achievements in the field; a guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process; a rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments; a resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports s
Chapter 41: Latin America
Defined as everything in the Western hemisphere south of the United States, Latin America has produced little scholarly analysis of sport and society, though information and insights are found in other types of writings, such as journalistic accounts, club histories and popular biographies. What has been done focuses on soccer, normally treats only the author's own country, and is rarely available in English. Nowhere does a single author or academic group dominate (Arbena, 1989 and 1999).
Argentina has contributed several important works to this limited field. Mafud (1967) considers soccer an expression of a people's social character and fears that in modern Argentina the pressure to win is causing soccer to lose its ludic content and popular appeal. Sebreli (1981) finds soccer the product ...