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Temples of the Earthbound Gods Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires

by Christopher Thomas Gaffney

Temples of the Earthbound Gods Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Synopsis

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.

Temples of the Earthbound Gods Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires Press Reviews

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. * Journal of Latin American Geography *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292721654
Publication date: 1st December 2008
Author: Christopher Thomas Gaffney
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 285 pages
Categories: Cultural studies, Football (Soccer, Association football),

About Christopher Thomas Gaffney

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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