This book provides an interpretation of sport in contemporary South Africa through an historical account of the evolution and social ramifications of sport in the twentieth century. It comprises chapters which trace the growth of sports such as football, cricket, surfing, boxing and rugby, and considers their relationship to aspects of racial identity, masculinity, femininity, political and social development in the country. The book also draws out the wider geo-political significance of South African sport, placing it in the context of the development of sport both elsewhere on the African continent and internationally. The history of sport has seen significant international growth over the past few decades. For the most part, however, the history of sport in Africa has remained largely untraced. By detailing the way in which sport’s development in South Africa overlapped with major socio-political processes on the wider African continent, this volume seeks to narrow the gap.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
1. Prologue: Sport Past and Present in South Africa: (Trans)forming the Nation? Scarlett Cornelissen 2. ‘Preventing Huddersfield’: The Rise and Decline of Rugby League in South Africa, c.1957–1965 Hendrik Snyders 3. ‘Certain Political Considerations’: South African Competitive Surfing During the International Sports Boycott Glen Thompson 4. ‘Now the African Reigns Supreme’: The Rise of African Boxing on the Witwatersrand, 1924–1959 Tyler Fleming 5. ‘A Man’s Game’: Cricket, War and Masculinity, South Africa, 1899–1902 Dean Allen 6. The 1899 Orange Free State football Team tour of Europe: ‘Race’, Imperial Loyalty and Sporting Contest Chris Bolsmann 7. From J.J. ‘Boerjong’ Kotze to Hansie Cronje: Afrikaners and Cricket in Twentieth-Century South Africa – Diffusion and Representation Albert Grundlingh 8. ‘Neither Cricketers nor Ladies’: Towards a History of Women and Cricket in South Africa, 1860s–2000s André Odendaal 9. Tackling Femininity: The Heterosexual Paradigm and Women’s Soccer in South Africa Mari Haugaa Engh 10. ‘Resolving ‘‘The South Africa Problem’’’: Transnational Activism, Ideology and Race in the Olympic Movement, 1960–91 Scarlett Cornelissen 11. Bread or Circuses? The 2010 World Cup and South Africa’s Quest for Marketing Power Janis van der Westhuizen and Kamilla Swart 12. Epilogue: Making New Histories of Sport in South Africa John Nauright
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