Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean is the most comprehensive overview to date of the development of modern sports in Latin America. This new book illustrates how and why sport has become a central part of the political, economic, and social life of the region and the repercussions of its role. This highly readable volume is composed of articles on a wide variety of sports-basketball, baseball, volleyball, cricket, soccer, and equestrian events-in countries and regions throughout Latin America. Broad in scope, this volume explores the definition of modern sport; whether sport is enslaving, liberating, or neutral; if sport reflects or challenges dominant culture; the attributes and drawbacks of professional versus amateur sport; and the difference between sport in capitalist and socialist nations.
Joseph L. Arbena teaches Latin American history and geography and modern sports history at Clemson University. David G. LaFrance is research professor in the BenemZrita Universidad Aut~noma de Puebla, Mexico.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Catholic Church and the Origins of Soccer in Costa Rica, 1904-1921 Chapter 3 The Case of Soccer in Early Twentieth-Century Lima Chapter 4 Soccer Madness: Futebol in Brazil Chapter 5 Soccer Conspiracies: Maradona, the CIA, and Popular Critique Chapter 6 Three Kings Day in Consuelo: Cricket, Baseball, and the Cocolos in San Pedro de Macoris Chapter 7 Labor, the State, and Professional Baseball in Mexico in the 1980s Chapter 8 Charreada: Performance and Interpretation of an Equestrian Folk Tradition in Mexico and the United States Chapter 9 Hosting the Summer Olympic Games: Mexico City, 1968 Chapter 10 Sport in Cuba: Castro's Last Stand Chapter 11 The Failure of Caribbean Integration: Lessons from Grass Roots Basketball Chapter 12 Sport in Nicaragua, 1889-1926 Chapter 13 The History of Peruvian Women's Volleyball Chapter 14 In Search of the Latin American Female Athlete Chapter 15 Suggested Readings