The emphasis of Professor Kittleson’s lecture was on race,
masculinity, and science in the 50s-70s as part of his new project
that builds on his 2014 book, "The Country of Football: Soccer
and the Making of Modern Brazil,” but will focus on
masculinities in playing style and fan culture. The practice and
history of soccer are synonymous with conflict and contradiction as
Brazil continues its trajectory toward modernity and economic power.
The ongoing debate over how Team Brazil should play and positively
represent a nation of demanding supporters bears on many crucial
facets of a country driven by racial and class tensions. Students and
participants interested in the history of soccer will emerge with a
greater understanding of the complex relationship between Brazilian
soccer and the nation’s history.