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Palgrave Macmillan

Identity and Nation in African Football

Fans, Community and Clubs

ISBN 9781137355805
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Culture and Sport Series

The 2010 South African World Cup launched African football onto the global stage and its footballers are increasingly present at the best clubs in the world, yet it is rare to find compelling scholarship on the subject of African football. This book brings some of the top scholars on African football together to produce a collection that covers the diverse regions of the continent and diverse football topics. Focussing on aspects of identity, it spans issues of race, radicalization and self-identification, exploring the imagined continuation of war in support of a Nigerian club, the use of songs in support of a club and an ethnic community, and the effects of transnational broadcasting on supporter identification with football in Africa. This collection provides a valuable contribution to debates about African sport and identity and also contains an interview with one of Africa's first migrant footballers, Paul Bonga Bonga.

Chuka Onwumechili is Professor and Chair of the Strategic, Legal and Management Communication Department at Howard University, USA.
Gerard Akindes is Assistant Professor of Sports Administration in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University, USA.

Africa, Fandom and Shifting Identities: An Introduction to Football and Identity; Chuka Onwumechili and Gerard Akindes

1. Blurring Touchlines of Empire: Diasporic Identities of Arthur Wharton and Walter Tull; Phillip Janzen

2. It's All About the Beautiful Game of Football, or is it? On Television and Football in North Africa; Ali Ziyati and Gerard Akindes

3. Rooted in History: Politics, Identity and Ultras in North African Soccer; James M. Dorsey

4. History and Identity of East African Football within the African Context; Wycliffe Njororai

5. Performing Luo Identity in Kenya: Songs of Gor Mahia; Solomon Waliaula and Joseph Basil Okong'o

6. A Centennial Rivalry, Ahly v Zamalek: Identity and Society in Modern Egypt; Michel Raspaud and Monia Lachheb

7. Nigeria: Rangers, Igbo Identity and the Imagination of War; Chuka Onwumechili

8. Reinforcing Divisions and Blurring Boundaries in Johannesburg Football Fandom; Marc Fletcher

9. Shifting Identity towards Cameroon's National Football Squad: From Indomitable Lions to Tamed Lambs; Walter Gam Nkwi

10. Field of Dreams: Case Study in Kenyan Girls' Football; Anna Tranfaglia

11. Oh Lord, You are the Lord who Remembered John Obi Mikel; Chuka Onwumechili

12. CAF: Perennial Struggle in Crises of Identity; Chuka Onwumechili

13. From Stadium to Bars: Transnational Media and African Fan Identity; Gerard Akindes

14. Online Football Fan Identities and Cyber-fandoms in Zimbabwe; Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

15. From Leopoldville to Liege: A Conversation with Paul Bonga Bonga; Gerard Akindes and Peter Alegi

Peter Alegi, Michigan State University, USA

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe, Rhodes University, South Africa

James M. Dorsey, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Marc Fletcher, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Phillip Janzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Monia Lachheb, Higher Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Tunisia

Wycliffe Njororai, University of Texas, USA

Walter Gam Nkwi, University of Buea, Cameroon

Joseph Basil Okong'o, Moi University, Kenya

Michel Raspaud, Joseph Fourier University, France

Anna Tranfaglia, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Solomon Waliaula, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

Ali Ziyati, West Virginia State University, USA


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