CRICKET AND RACE

JACK WILLIAMS
224pp ILLUS 2001 LIST PRICE: £18.99 (P) E282

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As cricket has often been regarded as a symbol of Englishness, especially amongst those with economic and political influence, the role of race in the sport provides insights into English national identity. From the belief in racial superiority underlying imperial expansion through to more recent debates about sporting links with South Africa, and racial animosities at test matches, this book examines cricket and race in England over the past century and a half. The author considers how far and in what respects cricket has reflected the racist assumptions of whites, and its role as an arena for ethnic conflict as well as understanding and harmony in England.