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Sports and politics in Postcolonial Africa

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History
EditorsMartin S. Shanguhyia, Toyin Falola
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages1263-1283
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-59426-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-59425-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2018

Abstract

Chipande and Banda explore the interplay of the complex relationships between sport and postcolonial politics in Africa. They discuss the instrumental role that sport played in nation building and projecting a positive image of the African continent. Their chapter highlights Africa’s regional and international elite sporting accomplishments. The authors go on to discuss the emergence of Pan-Africanist sports bodies and how they influenced the shaping of modern sport in Africa. As well as tackling racial discrimination, Chipande and Banda highlight African leaders’ attempts to use sport for propagating their political power and dominance. The chapter concludes with a look at the burgeoning sport-for-development projects in Africa which are highly influenced by foreign agendas.

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