Sport Past and Present in South Africa: (Trans)forming the Nation

1st Edition

Scarlett Cornelissen, Albert Grundlingh

Routledge
Published April 15, 2013
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780415850827 - CAT# Y151213
Series: Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

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Summary

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.

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