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


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A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010-11.

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010-11.

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 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 cele-brations and joined the world body, FIFA. The Conf d ration 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780896802780
  • ISBN-10: 0896802787
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 179
  • Dimensions: 9.24 x 6.12 x 0.56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.63 pounds

Series: Africa in World History

Related Categories

Books > History > Africa - General
Books > Sports & Recreation > Soccer
Books > Sports & Recreation > History

 
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