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Title:"The Triangle of Empire: Sport, Religion, and Imperialism in Puerto Rico’s YMCA, 1898-1926."
Author(s):Sotomayor, Antonio
Subject(s):Puerto Rico
History
Imperialism
Religion
Hegemony
Sport
Young Men's Christian Association
Geographic Coverage:Caribbean
Puerto Rico
Latin America
United States
Abstract:This article studies the intersection of sport, religion, and imperialism through the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) as an extension of United States expansion into Puerto Rico after the Spanish American War of 1898. The YMCA’s emphasis on “muscular Christianity” and sports made it attractive to some locals who welcomed this feature of U.S. Americanization. This article seeks to challenge notions of imperialism and Americanization (through sport and religion) as a process not clearly defined by the dyad oppressor and victim. To the contrary, the story of the YMCA in Puerto Rico shows the ways in which YMCA leaders sought to bring progress to an “oppressed” people, while many locals welcomed a progressive institution of modern sports. My argument blurs the line between resistance and acculturation and instead proposes to see the YMCA and the early development of sport in Puerto Rico as a process of negotiations over power, identity, and culture.
Issue Date:2017
Publisher:The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History
Citation Info:Sotomayor, Antonio. "The Triangle of Empire: Sport, Religion, and Imperialism in Puerto Rico’s YMCA, 1898-1926." The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History 74, 4 (October 2017): 481-512.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/107733
DOI:10.1017/tam.2017.86
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-07-01


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