Sports in African History, Politics, and Identity Formation: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sports in African History, Politics, and Identity Formation

1st Edition

Edited by Michael J. Gennaro, Saheed Aderinto


252 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138579330
pub: 2019-04-04
SAVE ~$7.99
Hardback: 9781138549982
pub: 2019-04-02
SAVE ~$30.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429508110
pub: 2019-04-01
from $19.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


Sports in African History, Politics, and Identity Formation explores how sports can render a key to unlocking complex social, political, economic, and gendered relations across Africa and the Diaspora.

Sports hold significant value and have an intricate relationship with many components of African societies throughout history. For many Africans, sports are a way of life, a site of cultural heroes, a way out of poverty and social mobility, and a site for leisurely play. This book focuses on the many ways in which sports uniquely reflect changing cultural trends at diverse levels of African societies. The contributors detail various sports, such as football, cricket, ping pong, and rugby, across the continent to show how sports lay at the heart of the discourse of nationalism, self-fashioning, gender and masculinity, leisure and play, challenges of underdevelopment, and ideas of progress.

Bringing together the newest and most innovative scholarship on African sports, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary Africa, African history, culture and society, and sports history and politics.

Table of Contents


Michael Gennaro and Saheed Aderinto

Part 1: Region-Based Essays

West and Central Africa

1. "I Was Really Disgusted at Seeing Healthy Young Boys Playing Ping Pong": Ping-Pong and Masculinity in Post–World War II Nigeria

Michael Gennaro

2. Pas de Deux as I Tell You: Physical Education, Dance, and the Remaking of Discipline in World War II Brazzaville

Danielle Porter Sanchez

3. Cameroonian Cricket: The Interface between Local and Dominant Colonial Ideologies

Joanne Clarke

4. Political Action in Sports Development Under the National Liberation Council (NLC) Era in Ghana

Kwame Adum-Kyeremeh

5. "The Best of the Best": The Politicization of Sports under Ghana’s Supreme Military Council

Humphrey Asamoah Agyekum

Southern Africa

6. "We Have Material Second to None": Colored Sportsmen and Masculine Competition in the South African Press, 1936–1960

Cody S. Perkins

7. Playing Away from Home: The Nature of Soccer Integration in South Africa, 1978–1984

Gustav Venter

8. Examining Physical Culture in a Local Context

Francois Cleophas

9. "Visionary Courtyard Players": The Robben Island Rugby Board and the Transition to Post-Apartheid South Africa, c. 1972–1992

Hendrik Snyders

10. The Birth of the Springboks: How Early International Rugby Matches Unified White Cultural Identity in South Africa

Zachary R. Bigalke

11. A Tale of Two Sports Fields: Contested Spaces, Histories, and Identities at Play in Rural South Africa

Tarminder Kaur

North and East Africa

12. The Bulldog, the Pharaoh, and Football: British Imperialism and Egypt’s National Sport and Identity, 1882–1934

Christopher Ferraro

13. Sports and Physical Education in Ethiopia during the Italian Occupation, 1936–1941

Tamirat Gebremariam and Benoit Gaudin

Part 2: Theme-Based Essays

Diaspora and the Economic and International Dimension

14. Commercialization of Football in Africa: Prospects, Challenges, and Experiences

Manase Chiweshe

15. Islam and the Foreign Other: Representing the Alterity of Hakeem Olajuwon

Munene Mwaniki

16. Afro-Orientalism in the Global Village: Media Imaginations of South Africa and Africa in the Coverage of the 2010 World Cup

Shepherd Mpofu

About the Editors

Michael J. Gennaro is Assistant Professor of History at Bossier Parish Community College, USA.

Saheed Aderinto is Associate Professor of History at Western Carolina University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies