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Anatol at the football country: a retelling of racism and social rise of the black people in Brazil through the game (1900-1930)

Grant number: 15/02978-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2015
Effective date (End): April 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal Investigator:Carlos Eduardo Jordão Machado
Grantee:Phelipe Kauê Ferreira da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


The reading of Anatol Rosenfeld aims to analyze some characteristics determinants for the construction of a proletarian reality in British sport. In his work "Negro, Macumba e Futebol" and your text originally written in German to the Yearbook of Hans-Standen Institute under the title "Das Fussballspiel in Brasilien" in 1956, the author demonstrates how was ended the exclusive property of the elite on the football to the insurgency of some black players and fans, immigrants, mulattos, brown and poor. The main intention is to analyze the social prerogatives of the game and the historical events that leading the sport to the professional way with its coverage in national level and an effective participation of disadvantaged blacks and classes in their ideological construction of racial democracy. It is a form of analysis that the figure of the black in Brazil is intertwined in a web of social and cultural relations of belonging to a new nation at the beginning of the twentieth century. The black people here build a new identity in society and as a form of resistance ends rooting their cultural traits along other cults and rites; that these now will be even more inherent to football and the contemporary Brazilian society. Therefore, it is through the German experience of birth and Brazilian by adoption Anatol Rosenfeld, made possible an external analysis of racial issues, cultural and social at the period of transition of amateurism to professionalism in football, but also about the picturesque aspects that prowled what is called about popularization of the sport in this civilizing process.

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