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Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America
by Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel
University of Texas Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-1-4773-1859-1 | Paper: 978-1-4773-2234-5 | Cloth: 978-1-4773-1042-7
Library of Congress Classification GV709.18.L37E57 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.082098

<p>Latin American athletes have achieved iconic status in global popular culture, but what do we know about the communities of women in sport? <i>Futbolera</i> is the first monograph on women&#x2019;s sports in Latin America. Because sports evoke such passion, they are fertile ground for understanding the formation of social classes, national and racial identities, sexuality, and gender roles. <i>Futbolera</i> tells the stories of women athletes and fans as they navigated the pressures and possibilities within organized sports.</p><p> <i>Futbolera</i> charts the rise of physical education programs for girls, often driven by ideas of eugenics and proper motherhood, that laid the groundwork for women&#x2019;s sports clubs, which began to thrive beyond the confines of school systems. <i>Futbolera</i> examines how women challenged both their exclusion from national pastimes and their lack of access to leisure, bodily integrity, and public space. This vibrant history also examines women&#x2019;s sports through comparative case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and others. Special attention is given to women&#x2019;s sports during military dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s as well as the feminist and democratic movements that followed. The book culminates by exploring recent shifts in mindset toward women&#x2019;s football and dynamic social movements of players across Latin America.</p>

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