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Harry Walker State of play: The political ontology of sport in Amazonian Peru American Ethnologist 40

Version of Record online: 10 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/amet.12028

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Building on the importance of “play” in traditional sociality, organized team sports such as soccer are instrumental in promoting a new moral and political order among Urarina people of Peruvian Amazonia, one grounded in notions of roles, rules, and the abstract individual. As a vehicle of nationalist sentiment, highly amenable to ritualization and bureaucratization, sport is central to the process by which the state expands its territory and influence.

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