Nuno Domingos

Nuno Domingos is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies Food Studies Centre. A social anthropologist by training, his research concerns the history of Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique and of the Portuguese Estado Novo (1933–1974) through the study of cultural practices and consumptions.

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Football and Colonialism · Body and Popular Culture in Urban Mozambique
By Nuno Domingos · Foreword by Harry G. West

In articles for the newspaper O Brado Africano in the mid-1950s, poet and journalist José Craveirinha described the ways in which the Mozambican football players in the suburbs of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) adapted the European sport to their own expressive ends. Through gesture, footwork, and patois, they used what Craveirinha termed “malice”—or cunning—to negotiate their places in the colonial state.

“Domingos’s study goes far beyond similar ones of football in African and Latin American settings. He aims to put the bodies of men in Lourenço Marques at the center of a cultural and social history of the colonial city, and manages this with powerful insight and a fair degree of grace. This is a magnificent history of football in a colonial city in southern Africa.”

Roger Kittleson, author of The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil