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African Soccerscapes
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From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rich rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into a distinctively African activity.
African Soccerscapes explores how Africans adopted soccer for their own reasons and on their own terms. Soccer was a rare form of “national culture” in postcolonial Africa, where stadiums and clubhouses became arenas in which Africans challenged colonial power and expressed a commitment to racial equality and self-determination. New nations staged matches as part of their independence celebrations and joined the world body, FIFA. The Confédération Africaine de Football democratized the global game through antiapartheid sanctions and increased the number of African teams in the World Cup finals. The unfortunate results of this success are the departure of huge numbers of players to overseas clubs and the influence of private commercial interests on the African game. But the growth of the women’s game and South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup also challenge the one-dimensional notion of Africa as a backward, “tribal” continent populated by victims of war, corruption, famine, and disease.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page/Copyright/Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments [Includes Map Plates]
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Chapter One: “The White Man’s Burden”Football and Empire, 1860s–1919
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter Two: The Africanization of Football,1920s–1940s
  2. pp. 14-35
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  1. Chapter Three: Making Nations in Late Colonial Africa,1940s–1964
  2. pp. 36-53
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  1. Chapter Four: Nationhood, Pan-Africanism, and Football after Independence
  2. pp. 54-77
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  1. Chapter Five: Football Migration to Europe since the 1930s
  2. pp. 78-103
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  1. Chapter Six: The Privatization of Football,1980s to Recent Times
  2. pp. 104-126
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  1. Epilogue: South Africa 2010: The World Cup Comes to Africa
  2. pp. 127-132
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 133-157
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 159-170
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  1. Series Editors’ Note
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-179
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