African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's Game (Google eBook)

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Ohio University Press, Mar 2, 2010 - History - 179 pages
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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 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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An excellent history of the use of football for political reasons in Africa. Very interesting to learn about African football development, too. Highly recommended book if you have an interest in sport and society. Read full review

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Contents

The White Mans Burden
1
The Africanization of Football 1920s1940s
14
Making Nations in Late Colonial Africa1940s1964
36
Nationhood PanAfricanism and Football after Independence
54
Football Migration to Europe since the 1930s
78
The Privatization of Football 1980s to Recent Times
104
South Africa 2010
127
Notes
133
Bibliography
159
Series Editors Note
171
Index
173
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About the author (2010)

Peter Alegi is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University and the author of Laduma! Soccer, Politics, and Society in South Africa. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and book review editor of Soccer and Society.

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