HIST 143 Fall 2012 Soccer and History in Latin America: Making the Beautiful Game (D) (W)

This course examines the rise of soccer (futbol/futebol) in modern Latin America, from a fringe game to the most popular sport in the region. Focusing especially on Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico, we will analyze the central role that soccer played as these countries faced profound questions about race, masculinity, and regional and national identities. Using autobiographies, videos, and scholarly works from several disciplines, we will consider topics including: the role of race and gender constructions in the initial adoption of soccer; the transformation of this foreign game into a key marker of national identity; the relationship between soccer and political and economic "modernization"; the production of strong, at times violent identities at club, national, and regional levels; and the changes that mass consumerism and globalization have effected on the game and its meanings for Latin Americans. As an Exploring Diversity Initiative course, the class uses primary sources as well as recent scholarship to explore these issues comparatively between regions and nations. Throughout the semester, we will look at how the world of soccer reflects, produces, and at times apparently resolves cultural difference.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a series of short papers, and an 8- to 10-page research paper
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Prerequisites: none, first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first year students and then to sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar. If oversubscribed an application process may be developed to determine admission to the course
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean,LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1367
HIST143-01(F) SEM Soccer & History Latin America (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Roger A. Kittleson
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Hopkins Roger Room 1367
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