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Sport, Culture and Nation
Perspectives from Indian Football and South Asian Cricket

First Edition


October 2015 | 244 pages | SAGE India
An in-depth analysis of the intricate relationships among sport, culture, politics, identity and regional cooperation in South Asia

In South Asia, sport has long been a site—albeit ignored by social scientists—which articulates the complexities and diversities of the everyday life of the nations. This book highlights the importance of sport in colonial and postcolonial times in India and South Asia as an essential cultural experience, a political tool, a social instrument and a commercial force. It reveals how sport has become politically, socially, culturally and emotionally significant, particularly, football in India and cricket in South Asia.

Sport, Culture and Nation would be useful to historians, political scientists, sociologists and to scholars of South Asian studies as well as culture and leisure studies.
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
The Nation and Its Fragments’: Football and Community in India
 
Uncovering the Sleeping Giant Syndrome: India in Olympic Football
 
Towards a Professional Identity: Soccer as a Career Option in Contemporary Manipur
 
Cricket, Politics and Diplomacy: A Study of India’s Friendship Tour of Pakistan, 2004
 
Cricketing Politics or Political Cricket: Politics, Power and Cricket Board Elections in India, 2004–2006
 
Asserting National Identity: The Decolonization of Bangladeshi Cricket
 
Cricket under Siege: Terrorism, Security and the Future of Cricket in Pakistan
 
Sport, Culture and Nation: Field Notes from Colombo and Kabul
 
Epilogue
 
Index

The volume under review looks at the implications of political appropriation of sports for state policy and behavior.

The Book Review, October 2016

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Kausik Bandyopadhyay

Kausik Bandyopadhyay teaches History at West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata. Prior to this, he taught at Kidderpore College, Kolkata, and at the Department of History, North Bengal University. He was a Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne (2010). A former Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata (2006–2009), he is the Academic Editor of Soccer and Society (London: Routledge). His areas of research interest include Social and Cultural History of Modern India, Popular Culture in South Asia, History of Sport and Contemporary South Asia.... More About Author

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