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

MacLean, Malcolm ORCID: 0000-0001-5750-4670 (2009) A national(ist) line in postcolonizing cricket: Viv Richards, biographies and cricketing nationalism1. Sport in Society, 12 (4-5). pp. 537-550. doi:10.1080/17430430802702806

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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
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cricket: International and Interdisciplinary Approaches
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 12:06
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:11
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2135

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