Another article that emphasizes sports and the importance of gender within them is Alamillo's “Baseball and Sports Clubs”, Alamillo states how sports was an example of social construction. Transnational sports like baseball shaped the demeanor and gender of men in both the United States and Mexico....
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...ial networking outside the household which gained little support from men.
In a similar way to the youth discussed in Alamillo's lecture, Baseball for me also prevented delinquency and negative activities that many young teens were associating themselves with. During middle school and throughout high school a lot of the kids would smoke pot after school and loiter around until they thought of something to do which often ended either in graffiti or doing other drugs. Many of those kids ended up in gangs or in juvenile hall. So for me it was a benefit that I was in a positive environment which as a result taught me how to act like a “typical” masculine male in the Chicano/a community. The game fostered certain aspects of what was understood to be masculine which many men in the Mexican American community take on in order to find their place in Chicano/a society.
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