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Description - Global Perspectives on Football in Africa by Susann Baller

Football, in many ways, is a visual endeavour. From the visual experience within the stadium itself to worldwide media representations, from advertisements to football art and artefacts: football is much about seeing and being seen, about watching, making visual and being visualised. The FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa has turned into a perfect example of the visual dimensions of football. Stadiums have been built and marketed as tourist attractions, mass media and internet platforms are advertising South African cities and venues, logos and emblems are displayed and celebrated, exhibitions are organised in museums world-wide.

This book explores the social, cultural and political role of football in Africa by focusing on the issue of its visibility and invisibility. The contributions consider the history and present of football in different parts of Africa. They examine historical and recent pictures and images of football and football players, as well as places and spaces of their production and perception. They analyse the visual dimensions expressed in sports infrastructure, football media-scapes, and in expressive and material arts. This book thus contributes to the growing interest in football in Africa by exploring a new field of research into sports.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415572293
ISBN-10: 0415572290
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 174mm x mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Susann Baller

Susann Baller is a lecturer in African history at the University of Basel. She has completed her dissertation on "Youth politics, football and urban history in Senegal, 1950-2008" at Humboldt-University in Berlin and has published in major academic journals on this topic. She is member of the steering committee of the German African Studies Association. Giorgio Miescher is a senior archivist and curator at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (Namibia Resource Centre & and Southern African Library in Switzerland) and is periodically teaching at the University of Basel. He has completed his PhD on Namibian history and is working on southern African and visual history. Raffaele Poli is junior professor assistant at the Institute of Sports Sciences of the University of Lausanne and scientific collaborator of the International Centre for Sports Studies. He is also the founder and director of the Professional Football Players' Observatory (PFPO) and a member of the steering committee of the Swiss Society for African Studies.

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