Africa's World Cup: critical reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and space

Peter Alegi* (Editor), Chris Bolsmann (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

Abstract

Africas World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space focuses on a remarkable month in the modern history of Africa and in the global history of football. Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann are well-known experts on South African football, and they have assembled an impressive team of local and international journalists, academics, and football experts to reflect on the 2010 World Cup and its broader significance, its meanings, complexities, and contradictions. The World Cups sounds, sights, and aesthetics are explored, along with questions of patriotism, nationalism, and spectatorship in Africa and around the world. Experts on urban design and communities write on how the presence of the World Cup worked to refashion urban spaces and negotiate the local struggles in the hosting cities. The volume is richly illustrated by authors photographs, and the essays in this volume feature chronicles of match day experiences; travelogues; ethnographies of fan cultures; analyses of print, broadcast, and electronic media coverage of the tournament; reflections on the World Cups private and public spaces; football exhibits in South African museums; and critiques of the World Cups processes of inclusion and exclusion, as well as its political and economic legacies. The volume concludes with a forum on the World Cup, including Thabo Dladla, Director of Soccer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mohlomi Kekeletso Maubane, a well-known Soweto-based writer and a soccer researcher, and Rodney Reiners, former professional footballer and current chief soccer writer for the Cape Argus newspaper in Cape Town. This collection will appeal to students, scholars, journalists, and fans. Cover illustration: South African fan blowing his vuvuzela at South Africa vs. France, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, June 22, 2010. Photo by Chris Bolsmann.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor, MI (US)
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-472-02911-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-472-07194-4, 978-0-472-05194-6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2013

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    Introduction

    Alegi, P. & Bolsmann, C., 13 Jun 2013, Africa's World Cup: critical reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and space. Alegi, P. & Bolsmann, C. (eds.). Ann Arbor, MI (US): University of Michigan Press, p. 1-17 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    To sing or not to sing? National anthems, football obsessions, and Bafana Bafana's World Cup

    Bolsmann, C., 13 Jun 2013, Africa's World Cup: critical reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and space. Alegi, P. & Bolsmann, C. (eds.). Ann Arbor, MI (US): University of Michigan Press, p. 109-118 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Cite this

    Alegi, P., & Bolsmann, C. (Eds.) (2013). Africa's World Cup: critical reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and space. University of Michigan Press.