African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game

African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game

by Peter Alegi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0896802787

ISBN-13: 9780896802780

Pub. Date: 04/15/2010

Publisher: Ohio University Press

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into a distinctively African activity.

African Soccerscapes explores how Africans adopted soccer for

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From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into a distinctively African activity.

African Soccerscapes explores how Africans adopted soccer for their own reasons and on their own terms. Soccer was a rare form of "national culture" in postcolonial Africa, where soccer stadiums and clubhouses became arenas in which Africans challenged colonial power and expressed a commitment to racial equality and self-determination. New nations staged matches as part of their independence celebrations and joined the world body, FIFA. The Confédération africaine de football democratized the global game through antiapartheid sanctions and increased the number of African teams in the World Cup finals.

In this compact, highly readable book Alegi shows that the result of this success has been the departure of huge numbers of players to overseas clubs and the growing influence of private commercial interests on the African game. But the growth of women's soccer and South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup also challenge the one-dimensional notion of Africa as a backward, "tribal" continent populated by victims of war, corruption, famine, and disease.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896802780
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2010
Series:
Ohio Africa in World History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 "The White Man's Burden": Football and Empire, 1860s-1919 1

2 The Africanization of Football, 1920s-1940s 14

3 Making Nations in Late Colonial Africa, 1940s-1964 36

4 Nationhood, Pan-Africanism, and Football after Independence 54

5 Football Migration to Europe since the 1930s 78

6 The Privatization of Football, 1980s to Recent Times 104

Epilogue South Africa 2010: The World Cup Comes to Africa 127

Notes 133

Bibliography 159

Series Editors' Note 171

Index 173

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