Sport, Cultures, and Identities in South Africa

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Leicester University Press, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 214 pages
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The meanings attached to sports in South African societies, past and present, are explored in this book, which focuses particularly on the part played by the prominent team sports of rugby, soccer and cricket in the creation of social divisions and unities over the course of South African history. In the past, only white South Africans could represent "South Africa" in international sport. Now, formerly white-dominated sports have been promoted as unifying forces for a nation in the process of forging a new national identity. The book considers the history and changing meanings attached to particular sports in the old and new South Africas, and how sport is being used and abused today.

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John Nauright is Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies, Department of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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