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The Country of Football: Politics, Popular Culture, and the Beautiful Game in Brazil


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Brazil has done much to shape football/soccer, but how has soccer shaped Brazil? Despite the political and social importance of the beautiful game to the country, the subject has hitherto received little attention. This book presents groundbreaking work by historians and researchers from Brazil, the United States, Britain and France, who examine the political significance, in the broadest sense, of the sport in which Brazil has long been a world leader. The authors consider questions such as the relationship between soccer, the workplace and working class culture; the formation of Brazilian national identity; race relations; political and social movements; and the impact of the sport on social mobility. Contributions to the book range in time from the late nineteenth century, when the British first introduced the sport to Brazil, to the present day, as the 'country of soccer' prepares itself to host the 2014 World Cup, painting a vivid picture of the many ways in which soccer exists and functions in Brazil, both on and off the pitch.

About the Author

Paulo Fontes is an associate professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (CPDOC/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. He was a Visiting Professor at Duke (2004) and Princeton (2006/7) Universities. His book on immigrant workers in São Paolo won the first Thomas E. Skidmore Prize. Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda holds a PhD in the Social History of Culture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is currently assistant reader at the School of Social Sciences and researcher at Center for Research and Documentation on Brazilian Contemporary History at FGV Foundation (CPDOC/FGV).

Table of Contents


Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda (eds.)

Chapter 1

The early days of football in Brazil: British influence and factory clubs in Sao Paulo,

Fatima Martin Rodrigues Ferreira Antunes is a sociologist with a Ph.D. received by the Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo/USP). Her thesis was a pioneer study on football factory clubs in the early 20th century. She is currently a researcher at the Departamento do Patrimônio Histórico da Secretaria Municipal de Cultura de São Paulo (Department of Historic Heritage at the Municipal Secretary of Culture from São Paulo city)

Chapter 2

Malandros, 'Honorable Workers' and the Professionalization of Brazilian Football, 1932-1942,

Gregory E. Jackson, Jr., recently received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Stony Brook University, with a special focus on the relationships between sport and social categories such as race, ethnicity, gender and national identity in modern Brazil. He is currently a lecturer at Western Connecticut State University.

Chapter 3

Football in the Rio Grande do Sul Coal Mines

Marta Cioccari is an anthropologist, with a Ph.D. from Museu Nacional (National Museum), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She studied rural and urban workers from the South of Brazil. As ethnographer, she is interested in the formation of the working-classes values, such as honour and reputation. Her studies are also related to the military regime in Brazil, particularly social memory, biographies and trajectories.

Chapter 4

Futebol de Várzea and the working-class: amateur football clubs in São Paulo (1940s-1960s)

Paulo Fontes is an Associate Professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (CPDOC/FGV) and a Researcher of the Brazilian Scientific Research Council (CNPq). A historian of Brazilian labour and working-class culture in São Paulo after the World War II, Fontes has studied the internal migration from the Northeast to São Paulo, the links between rural and urban workers, the role of place and communities in working-class formation, and the cultural aspects of popular organization and politics.

Chapter 5

"The people's joy" vanishes: considerations on the Death of a soccer player

José Sergio Leite Lopes is a full professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/UFRJ). He has been investigating for more than thirty years working-class cultures, including sports, in Brazil and is the author of many articles and book on these topics.

Chapter 6

Football as a profession: origins, social ascension and the work world of Brazilian footballers (1950s-1980s)

Clément Astruc is a French historian, with a master's degree at the École Normal Supérieure, in Lyon. During 2012 and 2013, he received a scholarship from the Embassy of France in Brazil due to research the development of the professional Brazilian football.

Chapter 7

Dictatorship, re-democratization and Brazilian football in the 1970s and 1980s

José Paulo Florenzano is an anthropologist, with a Ph.D. received from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Pontifical Catholic University /PUC-SP). He is professor and researcher of the Social Science Department at the same institution. He is interested in the study of the professional football during the military regime in Brazil (1964-1984).

Chapter 8

Public power, the nation and stadium policy in Brazil: construction and reconstruction of Maracanã for the World Cups of 1950 and 2014

Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and a researcher at the Center for Research and Documentation of Brazilian Contemporary History (CPDOC/FGV). His main topics of research are: literary history and modernism; social thought and intellectuals in Brazil; social history of football and organized soccer supporting groups.

Chapter 9

From culture to spectacle, the new logics of Brazilian football

Christopher Gaffney is a geographer, with a Ph.D. from University of Texas. He has experience in Urban Planning area, with emphasys in sports mega-events, particularly football stadiums. He received Fullbright fellowship from the North American government, in order to develop a research in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2011, he is visiting professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Fluminense Federal University/UFF), in the same city.

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Fontes, Paulo
Hurst & Co.
Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda
Buarque de Hollanda, Bernardo
Sociology | Popular Culture
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
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5.5 x 8.4 x 1.1 in

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