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Animated by uncertainty : rugby and the performance of history in South Africa / Joshua D. Rubin.

Author/Creator:
Rubin, Joshua D., author.
Publication:
Ann Arbor, Michigan : University of Michigan Press, 2021.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (256 pages) : illustrations
Series:
African perspectives (University of Michigan. Press)
African perspectives
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Subjects:
Rugby football -- Political aspects -- South Africa.
Sports -- Political aspects -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Politics and government.
South Africa -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
In Animated by Uncertainty, Joshua D. Rubin analyzes South African rugby through the lens of aesthetic politics. Building on 18 months of ethnographic research with rugby coaches, players, and administrators, the author argues that rugby is a form of performance and further that the qualities that define rugby shape the political ends to which the sport can be put. In this respect, Animated by Uncertainty demonstrates that theories of sporting politics cannot afford to overlook the qualities of the sports themselves, and it provides a theoretical approach to illustrate how these qualities can be studied. The book also analyzes the ways that apartheid and colonialism inhere in South African institutions and practices. Drawing inspiration from the observation that South Africans could always abandon rugby if they chose to do so, Rubin highlights how the continuing significance of rugby as a form of performance brings traces of South Africa's apartheid and colonial past into the country's contemporary political moment.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-256) and index.
Description based on information from the publisher.
Contributor:
Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan), publisher.
ISBN:
9780472129263
0472129260
9780472074969
9780472054961
Publisher Number:
10.3998/mpub.10217204 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.