Nationalism and Identity in Futból: Deconstructing Rivalry Between Central American and Mexican Immigrant Communities
Martin Alejandro Pineda is a graduating communication studies major. His work consists of the ways in which people identify with soccer and how rivalries form through it. His paper came to life by the passion he has for the sport and his Honduran culture. Post-graduation, Martin would like to dedicate his time in empowering Latinos and investing his time for a greater good.
Soccer is one of the most influential sports played and watched around the globe. Many people use this as a distraction tool, and the sport has a powerful influence that ignites rivalry and stirs a sense of nationalism between different people. The following essay focuses specifically on Central American and Mexican migrant communities' relations within the diasporas where scarce resources lead to tensions between these groups. Furthermore, competition for scarce resources, media representation, and the symbolic annihilation of one's culture is what I conclude to be the primary fuels of this rivalry that is often released through the sport of soccer.