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Women’s Sport in Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Michelle Sikes, John Bale


134 pages

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In recent decades Africa has emerged as a sporting giant. The African sporting phenomenon has been addressed in the popular press and it has also attracted scholarly interest; however, this interest is almost entirely focussed on men. Yet women’s participation in recreational and elite sport is worthy of exploration and research.

This path-breaking collection of essays provides an introduction to a variety of dimensions of women’s participation in African sports. Several key concepts are addressed in the book: women and media, women and sport-migration, sport and empowerment, sporting and social development, women’s sport and postcolonial Africa, and professional sport and economic development. This collection, authored by established scholars, will attract readership from students from Sports Studies to African Studies and from undergraduate students to university teachers.

This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.


"A very interesting anthology from different sports research perspective. It also shows that research on women's sport in Africa is on the rise."— Anders Östnäs, Lund University, www.idrottsforum.org

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: women’s sport and gender in sub-Saharan Africa 2. ‘Mother of the nation’: rugby, nationalism and the role of women in South Africa’s Afrikaner society 3. Experiences of moving: a history of women and sport in Tanzania 4. Towards an understanding of netball in Malawi, international sport development and identification: theoretical and methodological sensitizing issues 5. Women’s running as freedom: development and choice 6. The way out? African players’ migration to Scandinavian women’s football 7. Perceptions of the African Women’s Championships: female footballers as anomalies 8. Namibia’s Brave Gladiators: gendering the sport and development nexus from the 1998 2nd World Women and Sport Conference to the 2011 Women’s World Cup 9. African women and sport: the state of play

About the Editors

Michelle Sikes is a DPhil Candidate in Economic and Social History at Oxford University, Oxford, UK.

John Bale is Emeritus Professor John Bale, Department of Education, Keele University, Keele, UK.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.

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