A national(ist) line in postcolonizing cricket: Viv Richards, biographies and cricketing nationalism1

MacLean, Malcolm (2009) A national(ist) line in postcolonizing cricket: Viv Richards, biographies and cricketing nationalism1. Sport in Society, 12 (4-5). pp. 537-550. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

West Indies cricket writing has presented readers with, at times, challenging and provocative politics: C.L.R James's Beyond A Boundary concurrently asserts an appreciation for the cultures of the Imperial homeland alongside post- and anti-colonial politics, while Learie Constantine's Cricket and I demonstrates cultural nationalism. More recently, Viv Richards's biography 1991 Hitting Across The Line has developed a more explicitly progressive, movement-linked, politics. This paper explores Richards's biography through the lens of cultural nationalism to argue that in the absence of an unproblematically indigenous people, Richards constructs a place-derived sense of indigeneity and hence authenticity in West Indies cricket, and in doing so exposes many of the contradictions of West Indies and other sporting cultural nationalisms in the context of postcolonising tendencies in the former British Empire.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cricket: International and Interdisciplinary Approaches
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 12:06
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 16:03
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2135

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