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Introduction

WithWilliam Tantam

The men’s ability to play football each evening relied to various degrees on the support of women. Many of the men had school-age children who were looked after by their babymothers while they were at the field. Therefore while the football field might offer a space through which to achieve some forms of social mobility, it does not take place in a vacuum. Alongside recognizing the importance of women in the production of the football field-site in spite of their absence, it is also necessary to locate this ethnography within the study of masculinities in the Caribbean. While there is a body of scholarship that deals with the emergence of masculinities, there has yet to be a study of the role of football in these productions in spite of its evident popularity. Football serves to locate groups of players in relation to wider frames of reference through the geographies offered by international football and the English Premier League.