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State of play: the political ontology of sport in Amazonian Peru

Walker, Harry ORCID: 0000-0001-9879-4045 (2013) State of play: the political ontology of sport in Amazonian Peru. American Ethnologist, 40 (2). pp. 1-49. ISSN 0094-0496

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Building on the importance of "play" in traditional sociality, organized team sports such as soccer are instrumental in promoting a new moral and political order among Urarina people of Peruvian Amazonia, one grounded in notions of roles, rules, and the abstract individual. As a vehicle of nationalist sentiment, highly amenable to ritualization and bureaucratization, sport is central to the process by which the state expands its territory and influence. Like warfare, but unifying rather than fragmenting in its effects, sport harnesses the energy and vitality of youth and co-opts them for other ends.

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Additional Information: © 2013 American Anthropological Association
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 10:26
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:44

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