White mestizaje: soccer and the construction of Argentine racial identity, 1924-1930 Public Deposited

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  • Richey, Jeffrey William
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • Both Argentines and foreigners commonly perceive Argentina as a bastion of racial European-ness in a continent populated by people of non-European, or mixed-race descent. While scholars and intellectuals have revealed the inaccuracies of this characterization, it has nonetheless proven durable. When and how did Argentines come to understand and project themselves this way? What specific negotiations and historic processes allowed these constructions of racial identity to be so widely accepted? Focusing on the 1920s, this thesis identifies and analyzes popular sports media that catered to the burgeoning, literate working classes of era. The popularity of soccer and the institutionalization of international soccer tournaments gave newspaper commentators unprecedented opportunities to publish formulations of Argentine racial identity. Drawing from racial Eurocentrism as well as from mestizaje ideology, notions of the Argentine race constructed during the course of the 1920s provided the basis for racial identities which have survived until the present day.
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