Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina by Eduardo P. ArchettiMasculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina by Eduardo P. Archetti

Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in Argentina

byEduardo P. Archetti, Eduardo P Archetti

Paperback | April 14, 1999

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The 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.
Eduardo P. Archetti Professor of Social Anthropology,University of Oslo
Title:Masculinities: Football, Polo and the Tango in ArgentinaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:232 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5 × 1 inPublished:April 14, 1999Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1859732666

ISBN - 13:9781859732663


Rated 3 out of 5 by from toss this in the River Plate Don't waste over $50 on this. Go find it in your local library if you want to read it. It's a great idea to look at Argentinian society through this lens of soccer, polo and the tango. Sadly, the author does not have enough passion for any of these to write compelling text.
Date published: 2017-01-03

From Our Editors

The culture of Argentina has three passions: football, polo and tango. Anthropologist Eduardo P. Archetti examines them all in Masculinities, a look at the way nationalism is constructed sociologically. Historically, Archetti argues, nationalism has been defined by performance and ritual, aspects of the masculine. Yet in Argentina, the importance of male sport and male and female dance is more complex in terms of gender and culture, and has shaped a strong and lively country with a major identity.

Editorial Reviews

'A fascinating book.'Critique of Anthropology'A most interesting book.'Culture, Sport & Society'Archetti's volume provides a fascinating introduction to the worlds of male-dominated sports in Argentina, and how notions of maleness are related to the formation of a national identity.'Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute'This is a most ambitious text relating to multiple models of masculinity in the three domains of football, polo, and the tango to changing Argentinian nationalism: a fascinating and successful exercise. There are other domains of masculinity, of course, as Archetti acknowledges ... I hope we will hear more from his informants with their anecdotes and reminiscences.'American Anthropologist'Eduardo Archetti's works have pioneered the cultural studies of Argentinian sport. They have helped to constitute a field of study which nowadays is expanding constantly largely because of his encouragement ... 'Masculinities' represents the climax of his