The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sport
Sport is an integral aspect of the African experience. Beginning with pre-colonial African societies, sports played a central role in rites of passage, socialization processes, and status achievement.
The advent of colonization added a new dynamic to African sports. The arrival of European sports redefined social relations in Africa, a process that had political and economic implications for colonizer and colonized alike. Post-colonial African governments often used sports as a vehicle for both international visibility and nation-building purposes. Since independence, African sport has served as a microcosm of the continent's problems, as lack of infrastructure and funding detract from sport's potentialities. The era of globalization has witnessed the commoditization and emigration of African athletes, as their outstanding performances garner attention in global sports markets.
From the pre-colonial era to the present, sport in Africa continues to express the power, hope, and challenges of African people and societies. This interdisciplinary study of sport in Africa and the Diaspora creates new opportunities for research and dialogue on past, present, and future issues affecting Africa. The editors of this journal seek original and qualitative papers on any sporting theme, but encourage submissions that are comparative in nature, as well as case studies within a region or country on the continent, or in the Diaspora.
The editors of the journal seek high quality papers that address the issues of sports and the aforementioned issues, comparatively and/or within societies and countries.
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