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No aspect of Cuban life more clearly epitomizes their government's emphasis on image-building and individual participation than the system of physical culture and competitive athletics. Indeed the Cuban record in international athletics is the most universally recognized success of the communist revolution, as indicated by the Cuban arrival in the 1972 Olympics and the 1991 Pan-American Games, when Cuba beat the United States in the gold medal tally, dominating boxing, baseball, and winning the marathon. The fruits of the Cuban sports system were again in evidence at the Barcelona Olympics of 1992, despite the severe deprivation caused by the collapse of the island's socialist allies. In spite of the obvious success and political importance of sport in Cuba, very little has been written on the subject. Sport in Cuba closes this gap. In the first major study on the Cuban system of sports and physical culture, Paula J. Pettvino and Geralyn Pye analyze how sports was given such a high priority in Cuba, how the country became a world power by the mid-1970s, and the impact of sports on Cuban society. Moving from the early days when the government's approach to sports was loosely defined, through the construction of a complex system of physical culture, to the current years of uncertainty, Sport in Cuba utilizes both archival sources and personal interviews. It will be of interest to Latin Americanists and students of sports.
Sport in Cuba
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Paula J. Pettavino, Geralyn Pye
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-09-15 - Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

No aspect of Cuban life more clearly epitomizes their government's emphasis on image-building and individual participation than the system of physical culture and competitive athletics. Indeed the Cuban record in international athletics is the most universally recognized success of the communist revolution, as indicated by the Cuban arrival in the
Sport in Cuba
Language: en
Pages: 318
Authors: Paula J. Pettavino, Geralyn Pye
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-09-15 - Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

No aspect of Cuban life more clearly epitomizes their government's emphasis on image-building and individual participation than the system of physical culture and competitive athletics. Indeed the Cuban record in international athletics is the most universally recognized success of the communist revolution, as indicated by the Cuban arrival in the
Sport in Latin American Society
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Lamartine DaCosta, J A Mangan
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-08 - Publisher: Routledge

This work deals with the infancy, adolescence and maturity of sport in Latin American society. It explores ways in which sport illuminates cultural migration and emigration and indigenous assimilation and adaptation.
Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Julie Marie Bunck
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-01 - Publisher: Penn State Press

"An excellent study of political culture, emphasizing cultural and normative resistance to revolutionary values, norms, and goals. Challenges much of the scholarship that maintained that revolution permanently transformed Cuba's traditional culture, and finds that 'most Cuban workers rejected many of the revolutionary requirements of the Castro government' (p. 184). Highly
Sport in Latin America
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Gonzalo Bravo, Rosa Lopez de D'Amico, Charles Parrish
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-29 - Publisher: Routledge

The forthcoming Olympics in Rio in 2016, and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, highlight the profound importance of sport in Latin America. This book is the first to offer a broad survey of the way that sport is managed, governed and organized across the Latin American region,