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Fútbol in the Park: Immigrants, Soccer, and the Creation of Social Ties

David Trouille

Abstract

Over the past half century, immigration from Latin America has transformed the public landscape in the United States, and numerous communities are witnessing one of the hallmarks of this transformation: the emergence of park soccer. Fútbol in the Park takes us into the world of Latino soccer players who regularly play in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. Together on the soccer field, sharing beers after the games, and occasionally exchanging taunts or blows, the men forge new identities, friendships, and job opportunities, giving themselves a renewed sense of self-worth and community. As th ... More

Keywords: immigration, Latinos, social networks, public parks, soccer, ethnography, xenophobia, immigrant labor, informal economy, social distance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226748740
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748917.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Trouille, author
James Madison University