Cricket and National Identity in the Postcolonial Age : Following On book cover
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Cricket and National Identity in the Postcolonial Age
Following On

Edited By

Stephen Wagg

ISBN 9780415484893
Published September 15, 2008 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together leading international writers on cricket and society, this important new book places cricket in the postcolonial life of the major Test-playing countries. Exploring the culture, politics, governance and economics of cricket in the twenty-first century, this book dispels the age-old idea of a gentle game played on England's village greens.

This is an original political and historical study of the game's development in a range of countries and covers:

* cricket in the new Commonwealth: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Caribbean and India
* the cricket cultures of Australia, New Zealand and post-apartheid South Africa
* cricket in England since the 1950s.

This new book is ideal for students of sport, politics, history and postcolonialism as it provides stimulating and comprehensive discussions of the major issues including race, migration, gobalization, neoliberal economics, the media, religion and sectarianism.


Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen Wagg

Section One: Cricket and the Former Dominions

1. Unity, Difference and the ‘National Game’: Cricket and Australian National Identity
Brett Hutchins

2. Kiwi or English?: Cricket on the Margins of New Zealand National Identity
Greg Ryan

3. ‘No-one in Dolly’s Class at Present?’ Cricket and National Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Jon Gemmell and James Hamill

Section Two: Cricket in the New Commonwealth

4. Play Together, Live Apart: Religion, Politics and Markets in Indian Cricket Since 1947
Sharda Ugra

5. History Without a Past: Memory and Forgetting in Indian Cricket
Satadru Sen

6. Cricket in ‘a Nation Imperfectly Imagined’: Identity and Tradition in Postcolonial Pakistan
Chris Valiotis

7. Sri Lanka: The Power of Cricket and the Power in Cricket
Michael Roberts

8. One Eye on the Ball, One Eye on the World: Cricket, West Indian Nationalism and the Spirit of C.L.R.James
Tim Hector
Compiled and with editorial commentary by Stephen Wagg

Section Three: Cricket in the Old Country

9. Calypso Kings, Dark Destroyers: England-West Indies Test Cricket and the English Press, 1950 to 1984
Stephen Wagg

10. ‘A Carnival of Cricket?’: The Cricket World Cup, ‘Race’ and the Politics of Carnival
Tim Crabbe and Stephen Wagg

11. Sheffield Caribbean: The Story of a Yorkshire Cricket Club
Chris Searle

12. Clean Bowl Racism? Inner City London and the Politics of Cricket Development
Nick Miller

13. The Ambush Clause: Globalisation, Corporate Power and the Governance of World Cricket
Mike Marqusee

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