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A Social History of Indian Football
Striving to Score

ISBN 9781138982222
Published June 17, 2016 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

A Social History of Indian Football covers the period 1850-2004. It considers soccer as a derivative sport, creatively and imaginatively adapted to suit modern Indian socio-cultural needs - designed to fulfil political imperatives and satisfy economic aspirations. The book is concerned with the appropriation, assimilation and subversion of sporting ideals in colonial and post-colonial India for nationalist needs.

The book assesses the role of soccer in colonial Indian life, to delineate the inter-relationship between those who patronised, promoted, played and viewed the game, to analyse the impact of the colonial context on the games evolution and development and shed light on the diverse nature of trysts with the sport across the country. Throughout this book, soccer is the lens that illuminates India's colonial and post-colonial encounter.

This volume was previously published as a special issue of the journal Soccer and Society.

Table of Contents

1. Historical Background 2. The Father of Indian Football 3. Soccer's Appropriation and the Formation of the IFA 4. Nineteen Eleven 5. Racialism, Nationalism and Bengal Football 6. Communalism in Indian Football 7. Years of Turmoil 1931-1939 8. Ghati-Bangal in Indian Football 9. Growth of Rival Centres of Footballing Excellence 10. Declining Trends in Indian Soccer 11. Women's Football in India 12. Turn Towards Commercialism and Professionalism

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Bandyopadhyay, Kausik; Majumdar, Boria


In sum this is an interesting book if you want to know about Indian Soccer ... Paul Dimeo University of Stirling