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Stylin'! Samba Joy versus structural precision: the soccer case studies of Brazil and Germany
Milby, Susan Pavelka

2006, Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Educational Policy and Leadership.
Soccer playing style has not been addressed in detail in the academic literature, as playing style has often been dismissed as the aesthetic element of the game. Brief mention of playing style is considered when discussing national identity and gender. Through a literature research methodology and detailed study of game situations, this dissertation addresses a definitive definition of playing style and details the cultural elements that influence it. A case study analysis of German and Brazilian soccer exemplifies how cultural elements shape, influence, and intersect with playing style. Eight signature elements of playing style are determined: tactics, technique, body image, concept of soccer, values, tradition, ecological and a miscellaneous category. Each of these elements is then extrapolated for Germany and Brazil, setting up a comparative binary. Literature analysis further reinforces this contrasting comparison. Both history of the country and the sport history of the country are necessary determinants when considering style, as style must be historically situated when being discussed in order to avoid stereotypification. Historic time lines of significant German and Brazilian style changes are determined and interpretated. This allows for the introduction of cultural elements and their historical situating. Culture elements that shape soccer style include the history of the country, the history of soccer within the country, national habitus and national identity, and the impact of colonialism. Other cultural elements that influence soccer style and are thus examined include the interpretation of class and politics, race, gender, globalization trends, and religion. An examination of significant individual that have impacted on the sport is included, as well as analysis of training philosophies and unique features. Each of these cultural elements are determined to influence and shape soccer playing style on a national basis.
Melvin Adelman (Advisor)
831 p.

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