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Fintar o destino: between the colonial bond and a postcolonial double-bind

Miranda, Rui

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The article addresses Fernando Vendrell’s Fintar o destino [Dribbling Fate] (1998) by considering the appropriation of sports by the Portuguese Estado Novo’s colonialist ideology and policies (inspired by Gilberto Freyre’s lusotropicalist theories). In parallel, it highlights the role that football in particular plays in underwriting and simultaneously undermining affective, cultural, and economic bonds and binds between Cape Verde and Portugal, pre- and post-independence. The connections between former colony and metropolis, as viewed through the lens of the increasingly globalized and commercialized world of football, go beyond (post)colonial nostalgia, as sport may be seen — the emergence of neo-colonial patterns notwithstanding — to provide a platform for a reimagining of individual and collective hopes and challenges.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 2, 2018
Print ISSN 0267-5315
Publisher Modern Humanities Research Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 148-166
Series Title The cinema of Fernando Vendrell
Series ISSN 0267–5315
APA6 Citation Miranda, R. (2018). Fintar o destino: between the colonial bond and a postcolonial double-bind. Portuguese Studies, 34(2), (148-166). doi:10.5699/portstudies.34.2.0148. ISSN 0267-5315
DOI https://doi.org/10.5699/portstudies.34.2.0148
Keywords Fernando Vendrell, cinema, football, sport, Lusotropicalism.
Publisher URL https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/portstudies.34.2.0148

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