Sport in the African World

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John Nauright, Mahfoud Amara
Routledge, 2018 - Africa - 241 pages

Sport has been a component of African cultural life for several hundred years. In today's globalized world, Africans and Africa have become a vital part of the international sporting landscape. This is the first book to attempt to survey the historical, contemporary and geographical breadth of that landscape, drawing on multidisciplinary scholarship from around the world.

To gain an understanding of sport in Africa and its contributions to the global sports world, one must first consider the ways in which sport itself is a terrain of conflict and represents another symbolic territory to conquer. Addressing key themes such as colonialism, globalization, migration, apartheid, politics and international relations, sports media and broadcasting, ethnobranding, sports tourism and the African diaspora in Europe and the United States, this collection of original scholarship offers a significant contribution to this burgeoning field of research.

Sport in the African World is fascinating reading for all students and scholars with an interest in sport studies, sport history, African history or African culture.

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About the author (2018)

John Nauright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas, USA. Until May 2016 he was Professor of Sport and Leisure Management at the University of Brighton, UK. He is the author and editor of many books including the award-winning Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity, the Routledge Companion to Sports History and Sport around the World: History, Culture and Practice

Mahfoud Amara is currently the Director of Sport Science Program at the College of Arts and Sciences Qatar University, Assistant Professor in Sport Management and Policy. He has a number of publications on the topic of sport, business, politics and society in the Arab region. His other research interests is sport and social inclusion and cultural diversity. In 2012 he published a book with Palgrave Macmillan on Sport Politics and Society in the Arab World. He is co-editor with Alberto Testa of Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities (Routledge, 2015).

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