Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires [NOOK Book]

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In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity. Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural lens, Temples of the Earthbound Gods examines many aspects of urban culture that play out within these monumental architectural forms, including spirituality, violence, rigid social norms, anarchy, and also expressions of sexuality and gender. Tracing the history of the ...
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Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires

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Overview

In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity. Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural lens, Temples of the Earthbound Gods examines many aspects of urban culture that play out within these monumental architectural forms, including spirituality, violence, rigid social norms, anarchy, and also expressions of sexuality and gender. Tracing the history of the game in Brazil and Argentina through colonial influences as well as indigenous ball courts in Mayan, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec societies, Christopher Gaffney's study spans both ancient and contemporary worlds, linking the development of stadiums to urbanization and the consolidation of nation building in two of Latin America's most intriguing megacities.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Latin American Geography
Written for both academic and general audiences, the book seems appropriate for undergraduate or graduate teaching as well as more widespread readership. I highly recommend Temples of the Earthbound Gods as both a lively read and an insightful reflection on sports and society in Latin America.
— Brian J. Godfrey, Department of Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College
Journal of Latin American Geography - Brian J. Godfrey
Written for both academic and general audiences, the book seems appropriate for undergraduate or graduate teaching as well as more widespread readership. I highly recommend Temples of the Earthbound Gods as both a lively read and an insightful reflection on sports and society in Latin America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292781856
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Thomas Gaffney is an independent scholar based in Durham, North Carolina. Also a journalist and local radio commentator, he has played soccer on four continents, winning the 1997 Taiwanese Footballer of the Year Award.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The stadium in theory and practice 1

Ch. 2 Rio de Janeiro : spiritual home of world football 40

Ch. 3 Stadiums and society in twenty-first century Rio de Janeiro 77

Ch. 4 Buenos Aires : Estadiolandia 122

Ch. 5 Class and conflict in the stadiums of Buenos Aires 149

Ch. 6 Comparative cultural urbanism 180

App. A Stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, 2007 211

App. B Clubs and stadiums in Buenos Aires, 2007 213

App. C Time line, Brazil 216

App. D Time line, Argentina 218

Notes 220

Bibliography 234

Index 249

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