Sport and Postcolonialism

Sport and Postcolonialism

by John Bale
     
 

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Compared with modes of representation such as literature, drama, poetry and dance, the world of sport has been largely neglected in postcolonial studies. At both local and global levels, however, sport has been profoundly affected by the colonial legacy. How are individual nations and different sporting cultures coping with this legacy? What does the end of

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Compared with modes of representation such as literature, drama, poetry and dance, the world of sport has been largely neglected in postcolonial studies. At both local and global levels, however, sport has been profoundly affected by the colonial legacy. How are individual nations and different sporting cultures coping with this legacy? What does the end of colonialism mean within particular states and sports? How is postcolonialism linked with struggles of race and identity?

Sport was a major tool of colonial power and postcolonialism manifests itself in the modern sporting world in several ways, including the huge number of world class athletes from former European empires and the exploitation of child-workers in postcolonial nations by the sporting goods industries. Many former colonial states place considerable importance on elite sport as a form of representation, yet a small number of such states oppose sport in its western form. This book explores the wealth of issues and experiences that comprise the postcolonial sporting world and questions whether sport can act as a form of resistance in postcolonial states and, if so, how such resistance might manifest itself in the rule-bound culture of sport.Its novel approach and topical focus makes this book essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary sports, postcolonialism, race and ethnic studies.

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“Another splendid academic study from Berg.” —Programme Monthly and Football Collectable

“Bale and Cronin have provided a clear and remarkably jargon-free overview of the potential of postcolonialism for informing us about sport.” —Sport, Education and Society

Programme Monthly and Football Collectable

Another splendid academic study from Berg.
Education and Society Sport

Bale and Cronin have provided a clear and remarkably jargon-free overview of the potential of postcolonialism for informing us about sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859735497
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
Global Sport Cultures Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

John Bale is a Visiting Professor of Sports Studies, at the University of Aarhus, Denmark and Professor of Sports Geography, at Keele University.

Mike Cronin is a Senior Research Fellow, at De Montfort University.

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