This important if inconsistent edited volume offers a look inside football (soccer) clubs in Argentina, providing insight into how they could act as either a bulwark for or an alternative to the country's military government. The contributions complicate the question of complicity and resistance by highlighting how clubs served as spaces where people lived their daily lives. As such they were complex sites that included regime supporters and opponents, including some who were eventually disappeared. In this sense, the volume is an important contribution to understanding how parts of Argentine society continued to function with something approaching a veneer of normalcy during a period of intense state terror.

The book is organized into two parts. Part 1 contains four chapters, whose authors seek to explain fluctuations in club membership and attendance (Mariano Gruschetsky), the 1978 World Cup and the effect of transnational...

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