Revisiting (and Revising?) Sports Boycotts: From Rugby against South Africa to Soccer in Israel

MacLean, Malcolm ORCID: 0000-0001-5750-4670 (2014) Revisiting (and Revising?) Sports Boycotts: From Rugby against South Africa to Soccer in Israel. International Journal of the History of Sport, 31 (15). pp. 1832-1851. doi:10.1080/09523367.2014.934680

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For the first time in nearly 30 years, 2013 has seen increasing public awareness of calls for a comprehensive boycott of and sanctions on a state based on questions of an “entrenched system of racial discrimination”. The call to boycott South African sport emerged in the 1950s as the apartheid state was developing and refining its comprehensive and systematic legal form amid growing international pressure for decolonisation. This is a different social and political context than the call 50 years later by Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS). This paper draws on analyses of international anti-apartheid movements’ campaigns against sporting contact with South Africa and the BDS call for the isolation of the Israeli state to propose a theory of sports boycotts. It looks at the anti-apartheid campaigns, especially those in the early 1960s, to consider ways in which the BDS campaign has an impact on existing historical understandings of cultural boycotts as a tactical and strategic campaign tool.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of the History of Sport on [date of publication], available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: boycott, sanction, embargo, anti-apartheid, Palestine, Israel, BDS, monopsony
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
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: 19 May 2015 14:03
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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