By Kelsey O'Berry
This piece was originally published on Recognizing Excellence a website affiliated the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Update: Olimpismo: The Olympic Movement in the Making of Latin and the Caribbean was recently written up in the Olympic Review, which is the official publication of the International Olympic Committee. You can read the write up here.
Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Library, has published his book Olimpismo: The Olympic Movement in the Making of Latin America and the Caribbean, featured in the Sport, Culture & Society series of the University of Arkansas Press.
Dr. Sotomayor, along with co-editor Dr. Cesar R. Torres, examines the rich and complex involvement of Latin America and the Caribbean peoples with the Olympic Movement, serving as an effective medium to explore the making of this region. The nine essays investigate the influence, struggles, and contributions of Latin American and Caribbean societies to the Olympic Movement, and vice-versa. By delving into nationalist political movements, post-revolutionary diplomacy, decolonization struggles, gender and disability discourses, and more, they define how the nations of this region have shaped and been shaped by the Olympic Movement.