The Politics of South African Cricket

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 263 pages
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The Politics of South African Cricketanalyses the relationship between politics and sport, in particular cricket, in South Africa. South African Cricket embraces an ethos that is symbolic of a wider held belief system and as such has distinctive political connotations in the region.
Sport in South Africa is certainly influenced by forces beyond the playing field, but politics too can be influenced by the social and economic force of sport.
Focusing on the sports boycott as a political strategy, Jon Gemmell analyses the relationship between sport and politics through a historical analysis of South African cricket. He employs case studies to explore the relationship between politics and South African cricket and argues convincingly that cricket assisted the reform process by undermining the legitimacy of the apartheid regime.
 

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Contents

The Problems of Defining Political Science
6
The Relationship between Sport
20
The Ethos of Cricket
35
Apartheid and Sport
51
Banishing Tradition or Prejudice? Politics and
77
No Normal Sport in an Abnormal Society
106
International Politics and
119
South Africas Withdrawal from
140
The Basil DOliveira Affair
146
The Rebel Tours
163
The Role of Sport in Influencing Change
179
Constructing the Rainbow Nation
205
Notes
215
Bibliography
241
Index
251
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Jon Gemmell received his BA in Social and Economic History and his PhD in Politics from Leicester University and currently teaches sociology and history at Kennet School, Thatcham, UK.

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