By Joseph L. Arbena
A very intriguing assortment that explores activity in itself and likewise as a cultural phenomenon. In unforeseen methods, bicycles are associated with modernization in Mexico, baseball takes on socialist overtones within the Yucatan, and the political outlook in Cuba and Nicaragua is defined by way of their emphasis on activities. This reviewer particularly loved Lever's article on Brazil, during which she demonstrates that activity is helping advanced glossy societies cohere. Spanning a period of time from the flip of the century to the current, the seven essays supply dramatic insights into Latin American societies; Robert Levine's end provides comparisons with activities within the US. This new access into the becoming box of activity and social research is extremely suggested for school and collage libraries. Choice
A number of 8 unique essays by way of unusual students, this publication examines the position of activities, fairly football and baseball, in Latin the USA from the overdue nineteenth century to the current. the 1st learn of its style, activity and Society in Latin the USA vividly demonstrates the ways that recreation can be utilized to review quite a few old and social strategies and expands our knowing of recreation as an important kind of social habit in Latin the US. The members research the connection of activity to international penetration and cultural imitation, urbanization and the increase of mass society, social divisiveness and social integration, type clash, politics, and nationalism and revolution.
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A sports weekly--EI Coacher--dedicated almost entirely to beisbol, was founded by a member of the Divine Caste. 41 In the fall of 1904, a committee was convened to form a new "Liga Yucateca de Beisbol," which would develop the best local talent, import foreign stars ("reJuerzos"), and strive to provide a quality product for the new mass market. 42 The Escalantes's import-export firm was the oldest house in Yucatan and o. Molina y Cia's bitterest rival in the local fiber market. Besides the commercial house in Merida, the extended family had mammoth investments in haciendas, urban real estate, banks, and utilities, including substantial shares in Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatan.
A few riders found more adventure than they wanted outside of town. T. Philip Terry and a companion, in 1897, took a bicycle trip from Mexico City to Acapulco. As they neared Guerrero, a bandit gang galloped after them and attempted to lasso the cyclists. Both riders crouched low over the handlebars so the lasso would not fit over them. Still Terry felt one lariat "as hot as any live electric-light wire" hit his forehead, bum its way down his back taking his cap with it, and ring his camera that was hooked behind his seat.
In most cases, these henequen hacendados were not only big spenders but speculators, constantly seeking new ways to maximize profits amid the problematical turns of the export economy and often overextending themselves in the process. s Sudden price turns and periodic cycles worked to concentrate henequen production in fewer and larger hands. Around the turn of the century, a small cohesive group of about thirty families came to form a dominant oligarchical faction, or camarilla. This "Divine Caste," based upon the Olegario Molina-Avelino Montes parenlesco (clan), had homogeneous interests, a relatively closed membership, and owing in part to its collaboration with the principal buyer, manufacturer, and fmancier of raw fiber, the International Harvester Company, such control over the eco- 32 Sport and Society in Latin America nomic and political levers of power in the region that it was able to thwart the opportunities of rival elite factions .