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Palgrave Macmillan

African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives

The Legacy of the FIFA 2010 World Cup

ISBN 9781137392220
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Culture and Sport Series

This edited collection examines the ways in which football in Africa is intimately bound up with deeper social, cultural and political currents, using the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a lens for this analysis. Drawing from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, the volume explores symbolic inscriptions and multiple narratives around the first World Cup on African soil and how these narratives inform an understanding of football and Africa. The authors are drawn from diverse disciplines across cultural studies, sports science, journalism, media studies and sociology, and they tackle four key themes: identity construction, African fan cultures, African media narratives and global media narratives. Empirical data is gleaned from a variety of sources such archival media texts, blogs, travelogues, diary material, ethnographic interviews and other online sources. This is the first book to consider African football as mediated discourse around which multiple narratives cohere.

Tendai Chari is a Lecturer in the Media Studies Department at the University of Venda, South Africa. His other publications have appeared in Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, African Identities and Journal of African Media Studies (JAMS).
Nhamo A. Mhiripiri is a Visiting Lecturer at St Augustine University, Tanzania and a Senior Lecturer at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

Introduction: Towards an Epistemology of African Football - the Symbolic Significance of 2010 FIFA World Cup; Nhamo A. Mhiripiri and Tendai Chari

1. Nation-Building and the FIFA World Cup, South Africa 2010; Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, Rune Ottosen and Toby Miller

2. To the Cape and Back: A World Cup Diary - Football Tourism, Narratives of South Africa and the FIFA 2010 World Cup; Luke Jones

3. The 2010 World Cup Celebrations in a Non-Hosting Location: Voices from the Periphery; Kiran Odhav

4. South African FIFA World Cup 2010: African Players Global Labor Distribution and Impact on the Domestic Game; Njororai Wycliffe

5. New-Found Fan Culture; Emma Durden

6. Zimbabwean Female Audiences: Negotiating (En)Gendered Spaces in the 2010 FIFA World Cup; Rosemary Chikafa

7. Noisemaker or Cultural Symbol: The Vuvuzela Controversy and Expressions of Football Fandom; Jeffrey W Kassing

8. Nigeria: Media Narratives and Reports of Football from Within; Chuka Onwumechili

9. Unmaking the Dark Continent: South Africa, Africa and the Image Make-Over Narrative in the South African Press; Tendai Chari

10. Imploding or Perpetuating African Myths through Reporting South Africa 2010 World Cup Stories on Economic Opportunity; Joyce Tsitsi Mhiripiri and Nhamo Anthony Mhiripiri

11. The FIFA World Cup 2010 in the German Media: Presentation and Construction of a Large Sports Event; Thomas Horky and Christoph G. Grimmer

12. A Unique Period? An Analysis of the Coverage of Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Selected Western Media; Teke Ngomba

13. Of Sunsets, Savagery, and Soccer: Framing Africa during the Final Days of the 2010 World Cup; Bernadine Jones

14. Afro-Pessimism in the French and British Press Coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa; Toussaint Nothias

Bernadine Jones, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Chuka Onwumechili, Howard University, USA

Christoph G. Grimmer, University of Tübingen, Germany

Emma Durden, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jeffrey W. Kassing, Arizona State University, USA

Joyce. T. Mhiripiri, independent researcher, Zimbabwe

Kiran Odhav, North West University, South Africa

Luke Jones, University of Alberta, Canada

Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Rosemary Chikafa, University of Zimbabwe

Rune Ottosen, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway

Teke Ngomba, Aarhus University, Denmark

Thomas Horky, Macromedia University for Media and Communication, Germany

Toby Miller, University of California, USA

Toussaint Nothias, University of Leeds, UK

Wycliffe W.S. Njororai, University of Texas at Tyler, USA

Kiran Odhav, North West University, South Africa


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