Conclusion: sporting contest at the edges of empire
This chapter gathers the threads from previous chapters together to argue that cricket’s history in Samoa was defined by innovation, conflict and unceasing contest. A varied cast of individuals and groups sought to shape the game’s method and meaning in ways that suited their own interests. In this fluid social context, the pitch was a site of real and symbolic contest. While the history of cricket in Samoa has distinctive local elements, the image it presents is clearly instructive in other contexts. The chapter therefore shows how several arguments developed in the book—notably a less dichotomous view of ‘coloniser/colonised’ interactions and a refined model of how sporting practices spread and change—can advance and enrich the fields of sport and imperial history.