Sports in Africa, Past and Present

Sports in Africa, Past and Present

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These groundbreaking essays demonstrate how Africans past and present have utilized sports to forge complex identities and shape Africa’s dynamic place in the world.

Since the late nineteenth century, modern sports in Africa have both reflected and shaped cultural, social, political, economic, generational, and gender relations on the continent. Although colonial powers originally introduced European sports as a means of “civilizing” indigenous populations and upholding then current notions of racial hierarchies and “muscular Christianity,” Africans quickly appropriated these sporting practices to fulfill their own varied interests. This collection encompasses a wide range of topics, including women footballers in Nigeria, Kenya’s world-class long-distance runners, pitches and stadiums in communities large and small, fandom and pay-to-watch kiosks, the sporting diaspora, sports pedagogy, sports as resistance and as a means to forge identity, sports heritage, the impact of politics on sports, and sporting biography.

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ISBN-13: 9780821446966
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 942,654
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Todd Cleveland is an associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas. His books include these Ohio University Press titles: Sports in Africa, Past and Present (2020), Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949–1975 (2018), Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917–1975 (2015), and Stones of Contention: A History of Africa’s Diamonds (2014).

Tarminder Kaur is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Johannesburg. Her research is particularly concerned with the everyday sporting lives of South African laborers and working-class peoples, who are often characterized as “in need of development.” She is currently working on a monograph that explores the role of soccer and violence in the legacies of oscillating labor migration between apartheid’s Bantustans and the commercial agriculture centers of the Western Cape.

Gerard Akindes is a senior program specialist with the Josoor Institute in Qatar. His research interests include the migration of African athletes, the political economy of sports broadcasting in Africa, and African sports management. His most recent work examines football academies and education in Senegalese football development.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Introduction ONE: Historiography of South African Sports 1: Reflections on Pathways to the Writing of South African Sports History TWO: African Sports Pedagogy 2: The Final Frontier: African Sports Studies in the Classroom 3: African Sports in the Liberal Arts Classroom 4: On Teaching South African Sports History at a US University THREE: Resisting Discrimination and Forging Identity through Sports 5: “The Gist of the [Game] Is Played Out on the Edges of the Cricket Boundary” 6: Nigeria, Women’s Football, and Resisting the Second Fiddle FOUR: Crossing Racial Boundaries 7: Beyond South Africa’s Draconian Racial Segregation 8: Racing out of the Shadows FIVE: On the Margins: Informal Engagements with Sports 9: English Premier League Football Kiosks and the Emergence of Communal Television Viewing as a Sporting Practice 10: The Gambling Games SIX: African Sports Migration 11: African Footballers’ Migration to Europe 12: Postcareer Precarity SEVEN: Sporting Biographies 13: Black Physical Culture and Weight Lifting in South Africa 14: Sprinting Past the End of Empire EIGHT: The Durable Impact of the Past: Sporting Legacies and Heritage 15: Rugby Transformation as Alibi 16: No Place of Honor 17: The Gift of a Running Shoe ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS INDEX

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