Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910–1971

From Union to Isolation

  • Bruce Murray
  • Richard Parry
  • Jonty Winch

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics book series (PASSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Landscape

  3. The Players

  4. The Politics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 367-383

About this book


This book explores how cricket in South Africa was shaped by society and society by cricket.  It demonstrates the centrality of cricket in the evolving relationship between culture, sport and politics starting with South Africa as the beating heart of the imperial project and ending with the country as an international pariah.  
The contributors explore the tensions between fragmentation and unity, on and off the pitch, in the context of the racist ideology of empire, its ‘arrested development’ and the reliance of South Africa on a racially based exploitative labour system. This edited collection uncovers the hidden history of cricket, society, and empire in defining a multiplicity of South African identities, and recognises the achievements of forgotten players and their impact.    


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce Murray
    • 1
  • Richard Parry
    • 2
  • Jonty Winch
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.LondonUK
  3. 3.ReadingUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93607-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93608-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-998X
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-9998
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