Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina
By (author) Eduardo P. Archetti
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Masculinities by Eduardo P. Archetti
Book DescriptionThe complex relationship between nationalism and masculinity has been explored both historically and sociologically with one consistent conclusion: male concepts of courage and virility are at the core of nationalism. In this ground-breaking book, the author questions this assumption and advances the debate through an empirical analysis of masculinity in the revealing contexts of same-sex (football and polo) and cross-sex (tango) relations. Because of its rich history, Argentina provides the ideal setting in which to study the intersection of masculine and national constructs: hybridization, creolization and a culture of performance have all informed both gender and national identities. Further, the author argues that, counter to claims made by globalization theorists, the importance of performance to Argentinian men and women has a long history and has powerfully shaped the national psyche. But this book takes the analysis far beyond national boundaries to address general arguments in anthropology which are not culture-specific, and the discussion poses important comparative questions and addresses central theoretical issues, from the interplay of morality and ritual, to a comparison between the popular and the aristocratic, to the importance of 'othering' in national constructions - particularly those relating to sport.This book represents a major contribution, not only to anthropology, but to the study of gender, nationalism and culture in its broadest sense.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859732618
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eduardo P. Archetti
Sport, Dance and Embodied Identities, Paperback (July 2003)
Sport and dance command the devotion of countless athletes, dancers and fans worldwide. This volume argues that these two embodied cultural forms share a vital capacity to constitute and express identities through their practiced movements and scripted forms.
Masculinities, Paperback (March 1999)
The relationship between nationalism and masculinity has been explored with one conclusion: male concepts of courage and virility are at the core of nationalism. This text questions and explores this through an empirical analysis of masculinity in the contexts of same-sex and cross-sex relations.
Guinea-pigs, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by Eduardo P. Archetti
Presents a description of the range of cultural practices surrounding the guinea pig, ranging from the way the animals are reared, through a cuisine, to their role in ritual life. This book highlights the way the gender dimension is central to understanding resistances to 'modernization' and the power of 'experts'.
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Author Biography - Eduardo P. Archetti
Eduardo P. Archetti Professor of Social Anthropology,University of Oslo
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