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Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics

Cricket, Kirikiti and Imperialism in Samoa, 1879–1939

Authors: Sacks, Benjamin

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  • Interrogates how cricket was adapted and appropriated by Samoans during the colonial period
  • Demonstrates how the history of cricket in Samoa reflected the complexities and blurred boundaries of imperial expansion and colonial rule
  • Appeals to scholars of the history of sport, imperialism and colonialism, and the history of Samoa
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This book considers how Samoans embraced and reshaped the English game of cricket, recasting it as a distinctively Samoan pastime, kirikiti. Starting with cricket’s introduction to the islands in 1879, it uses both cricket and kirikiti to trace six decades of contest between and within the categories of ‘colonisers’ and ‘colonised.’ How and why did Samoans adapt and appropriate the imperial game? How did officials, missionaries, colonists, soldiers and those with mixed foreign and Samoan heritage understand and respond to the real and symbolic challenges kirikiti presented? And how did Samoans use both games to navigate foreign colonialism(s)? By investigating these questions, Benjamin Sacks suggests alternative frameworks for conceptualising sporting transfer and adoption, and advances understandings of how power, politics and identity were manifested through sport, in Samoa and across the globe.

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Benjamin Sacks is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27268-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27267-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cricket, Kirikiti and Imperialism in Samoa, 1879–1939
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27268-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27268-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27267-8
Series ISSN
2365-998X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 306
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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