Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910–1971 - From Union to Isolation

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This book explores how cricket in South Africa was shaped by society and society by cricket.  It demonstrates the centrality of cricket in the evolving relationship between culture, sport and politics starting with South Africa as the beating heart of the imperial project and ending with the country as an international pariah.   The contributors explore the tensions between fragmentation and unity, on and off the pitch, in the context of the racist ideology of empire, its ‘arrested development’ and the reliance of South Africa on a racially based exploitative labour system. This edited collection uncovers the hidden history of cricket, society, and empire in defining a multiplicity of South African identities, and recognises the achievements of forgotten players and their impact.    

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Illustrations Note:
18 SW-Abb.

Explores Southern Africa’s sporting image, grounding it in analyses of the subaltern class that have been hitherto marginalised or ignored

Traces imperial networks beyond the UK as mediator of empire, and brings women’s role in the sporting politics of Empire into clearer focus

Challenges the dominant narrative of Imperial sports history by interrogating and filling in the gaps and silences in the record of the excluded

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Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Bruce Murray is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Previous publications include The People’s Budget: Lloyd George and Liberal Politics, 1909-10 (1980), Wits: The Early Years (1982) and Wits: The ‘Open’ Years (1997).  He is co-author of Caught Behind: Race and Politics in Springbok Cricket (2004), and co-editor of Empire and Cricket: The South African Experience 1884-1914 (2009).  Richard Parry has a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada, and written variously on resistance to colonialism, South African cricket and social history, and international taaxation. He was a contributor to Empire and Cricket: The South African Experience 1884-1914 (2009). Jonty Winch received his Ph.D. from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has written six books including England’s Youngest Captain: The Life and Times of Monty Bowden (2003).  He also contributed to Empire and Cricket: The South African Experience 1884-1914
 and co-authored Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold (2016). 

"What is revealed in this highly stimulating grand sweep of history from Rhodes to Richards is far more than a chronology of events, rather a hidden history of a fractured society and a tribute to forgotten players and administrators and their impact on an evolving sport that possessed an extraordinary richness and diversity of talent." (Russell Holden,, June 4, 2020)

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Paperback book
Release date:
December 13, 2018
Package Dimensions:
0.21 x 0.148 x 0.023 m; 0.526 kg
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