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African soccerscapes : how a continent changed the world's game

Author: Peter Alegi
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press : Ohio University Center for International Studies, ©2010.
Series: Africa in world history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Alegi
ISBN: 9780896802780 0896802787 9780896804722 0896804720
OCLC Number: 468233504
Description: xvi, 179 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: "The white man's burden" : football and empire, 1860s/1919 --
The Africanization of football, 1920s/1940s --
Making nations in late colonial Africa, 1940s/1964 --
Nationhood, Pan-Africanism, and football after independence --
Football migration to Europe since the 1930s --
The privatization of football, 1980s to recent times --
South Africa 2010 : the World Cup comes to Africa.
Series Title: Africa in world history.
Responsibility: Peter Alegi.
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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 rituals of spectatorship,  Read more...

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