Golden and Blue Like My Heart: Masculinity, Youth, and Power among Soccer Fans in Mexico City / Edition 1

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Overview


For fans of pro soccer in Mexico City, the four most popular teams represent distinct identities that embody such attributes as political power, nationalism, and working-class values. One of these teams, the Pumas, is associated with youthfulness, and its equally youthful fans take pride in the fact that their heroes have not yet been corrupted by corporate or political interests. This ethnographic study examines Puma fans’ understanding of the ideal that the team represents, considers the practices they employ to express and sometimes contradict this ideal, and reveals how soccer fandom in contemporary Mexico has emerged as a nexus of tensions among competing visions of state and society.

Roger Magazine takes readers inside Mexico’s soccer stadiums to explore young men’s participation in struggles over the future of that country’s urban society. His firsthand observations of the fan clubs—las porras—yield a unique inside look at confrontations in the stands over group organization, particularly at the emergence of rebel segments within the clubs. His study offers a close-up look at ground-level struggles over social organization in contemporary urban Mexico, showing how young male fans both blindly reproduce and consciously manipulate images of violence and disorder derived from national myths about typical urban Mexican men.

Golden and Blue Like My Heart offers a new way of understanding the dynamics of fandom while shedding new light on larger social processes and youth culture in Mexico. And with its insight into soccer culture, politico-economic transition, and masculinity, it has important and wide-reaching implications for all of Latin America.

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“This is one of the few works that describes soccer fans in Mexico. It is particularly valuable because it is based on the author’s close personal observations of the [soccer fans’] behavior.” —James Taggart, Franklin and Marshal College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816526932
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Roger Magazine is research professor of social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
A List of Informants     xi
Introduction: Soccer Fandom and Competing Social Projects in Contemporary Mexico     3
Being Puma: Life as Passionate Heartfelt Expression     46
A Day at the Stadium: The Clash of Cheering Styles and Modes of Sociality     72
Performing Motherlessness: Violence, Masculinity, and the Subversive Use of an Invented Tradition     108
The Porra as a Process of Domination, Struggle, and Innovation     139
Epilogue and Conclusions: La Rebel: The Emergence of a New Porra     180
Notes     205
Bibliography     211
Index     217
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