The Introduction explains why this book uses golf and golf clubs as strategic sites to examine wealth, racial hierarchies, and gender inequalities in Mexico. It clarifies however that this is neither a book about golf nor an anti-golf treatise but rather a critical exploration of the multiple layers that constitute privilege. The introductory chapter highlights that Privilege at Play focuses on aspects largely overlooked by the “studying up” literature on Mexico, such as sites of leisure and the organization of informal relations among affluent people. The chapter includes an explanation of why despite club members commonly belong to two different class groups—upper-middle and upper classes—they are analytically treated as a single category. The introduction also contains an analysis of the role space and spatial arrangements play in the reproduction of privilege. The section ends by offering a description of the thematic organization of the book.
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