1st Edition

Sport in the African World

Edited By John Nauright, Mahfoud Amara Copyright 2018
    254 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    [Mahfoud Amara and John Nauright]

    1. African Sports Personalities and the African Diaspora in Europe

    [Claude Boli]

    2. Football and Politics in Morocco

    [Moncef Lyazghi and Abderrahim Rharib]

    3. The Transforming Sport TV Broadcasting Landscape in Africa: Localization and Transnational Broadcasting

    [Gerard Akindes]

    4. Africa and the Struggle Against Apartheid Sport

    [Marc Keech]

    5. Africa, Migration and Football

    [N. Van Der Meij and P. Darby]

    6. Sport and International Relations in North Africa

    [Bouandel Youcef and Mahfoud Amara]

    7. Traditional Sports and Games in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa

    [Cora Burnett]

    8. The African Diaspora and Sport in the United States

    [Derek Charles Catsam]

    9. The White Zulu Athlete in South African Histories of Race and Ethnicity

    [John Nauright and Benedict Carton]

    10. Africa and Sports Tourism

    [Tembi Tichaawa, Urmilla Bob and Kamilla Swart]

    11. Women and Race in African and African Diaspora Sport

    [Sasha Sutherland and John Nauright]


    [Mahfoud Amara and John Nauright]


    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).

    “Opening with the claim that “Africans and people of African descent have had more of an impact on sport than perhaps on any other sphere if global culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries”, John Nauright and Mahfoud Amara’s collection of sporting essays marks a welcome new direction in the study of African Sport.” Conor Heffernan, University College Dublin