Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes
of Rio de Janiero and Buenos Aires Tracing the history of the game in Brazil and Argentina through colonial influences as well as indigenous ball courts in Mayan, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec societies, Christopher Gaffney's study spans both ancient and contemporary worlds, linking the development of stadiums to urbanization and the consolidation of nation building in two of Latin America's most intriguing megacities.
Christopher Thomas Gaffney is and independent scholar based in Durham, NC. Also a journalist and local radio commentator, he has played soccer on four continents, winning the
1997 Taiwanese Footballer of the Year award. He is an alumnus of Trinity University. (booksense)