How Does Football Influence the Political System and Juridify Social Movements? Brazil, June 2013

20 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2016

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Germano Schwartz

Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis (UNIRITTER))

Renata Costa

Unilasalle

Alexandre Fleck

Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Date Written: August 11, 2016

Abstract

English Abstract: According to current trends in the analysis of new social movements, protests are related to economic issues or social inequalities, particularly those of a religious or ethnic nature which, in turn, produce new communications directed at the political system. The present study aims to determine the relationship between football and the social movements that occurred in Brazil in June 2013, as well as investigate the responses of the political system to these social grievances, centered primarily on the juridification of these social spheres. Thus, it focuses on how the legal and political systems absorb these communications into their self-referential logic. To that end, the methodology used is based on the structural functionalism of Niklas Luhmann and his theory of autopoietic social systems. The results demonstrate that both systems – political and legal – were significantly influenced by football, specifically by the substantial investments allocated to hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which, when contrasted with the low return of public services in the country, reveal the root causes of June 2013.

Spanish Abstract: Según las tendencias actuales en el análisis de los nuevos movimientos sociales, las protestas están relacionadas con cuestiones económicas o desigualdades sociales, en particular las de carácter religioso o étnico que, a su vez, producen nuevas comunicaciones dirigidas al sistema político. Este estudio pretende determinar la relación entre el fútbol y los movimientos sociales que se produjeron en Brasil en junio de 2013, así como investigar las respuestas del sistema político a estas demandas sociales, centradas principalmente en la juridificación de estas esferas sociales. Por lo tanto, se centra en cómo los sistemas legales y políticos absorben estas comunicaciones en su lógica autorreferencial. Para ello, la metodología empleada se basa en el funcionalismo estructural de Niklas Luhmann y su teoría de los sistemas sociales autopoiéticos. Los resultados demuestran que el fútbol influyó de forma significativa en ambos sistemas –políticos y legales–, específicamente por las importantes inversiones destinadas a organizar la Copa del Mundo de 2014 en Brasil, que, en contraste con el bajo rendimiento de los servicios públicos en el país, revelan las causas fundamentales de junio de 2013.

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Keywords: Social movements, legal system, political system, juridification, Brazil, Movimientos sociales, sistemas legales, sistema político, juridificación, Brasil

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Germano and Costa, Renata and Fleck, Alexandre, How Does Football Influence the Political System and Juridify Social Movements? Brazil, June 2013 (August 11, 2016). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821928

Germano Schwartz (Contact Author)

Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis (UNIRITTER)) ( email )

Rua Orfanotrófio, 555
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul 90840-440
Brazil

Renata Costa

Unilasalle ( email )

Brazil

Alexandre Fleck

Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law ( email )

Avenida de la Universidad, nr.8
20560 Oñati
Spain

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