By Peter Alegi

ISBN-10: 1849040370

ISBN-13: 9781849040372

ISBN-10: 1849040389

ISBN-13: 9781849040389

A selection major collage Press identify for Undergraduates, 2010–11.

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested keep an eye on of football from the palms of Europeans, and during the increase of other enjoying types, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have grew to become football right into a distinctively African activity.

African Soccerscapes explores how Africans followed football for his or her personal purposes and all alone phrases. football used to be an extraordinary type of “national tradition” in postcolonial Africa, the place stadiums and clubhouses grew to become arenas within which Africans challenged colonial energy and expressed a dedication to racial equality and self-determination. New countries staged suits as a part of their independence cele­brations and joined the realm physique, FIFA. The Confédération africaine de soccer democratized the worldwide online game via antiapartheid sanctions and elevated the variety of African groups on the earth Cup finals.

during this compact, hugely readable booklet Alegi indicates that the results of this good fortune has been the departure of big numbers of gamers to abroad golf equipment and the transforming into impression of non-public advertisement pursuits at the African online game. however the progress of women’s football and South Africa’s web hosting of the 2010 global Cup additionally problem the one-dimensional thought of Africa as a backward, “tribal” continent populated via sufferers of warfare, corruption, famine, and disease.

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