By Tendai Chari, Nhamo A. Mhiripiri
This edited quantity addresses key debates round African soccer, id building, fan cultures, and either African and international media narratives. utilizing the 2010 FIFA international Cup in South Africa as a lens, it explores how soccer in Africa is in detail certain up with deeper social, cultural and political currents.
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However, before I go on to present my diary extracts I will brieﬂy explain the poststructural theoretical tools I will use to analyse my experiences. Towards Foucault In order to analyse my experiences of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, I have adopted the poststructural philosophical thoughts of Frenchman Michel Foucault. Foucault is considered part of the ‘French school that started it all’ (Cahoone, 2003: 222). Through the development of new methods of analysis and forms of thought, these philosophers became the source of much of what is known as ‘postmodernism’ in academic philosophy.
Interview conducted by Rune Ottosen, 14 June 2010. 7. Interviewed by Rune Ottosen on 11 June 2010. 8. Interviewed by Rune Ottosen on 16 June 2010. 9. On 9 June 2010, South Africans were asked to show their support for Bafana Bafana and South Africa’s ability to host the World Cup. Thousands ﬂocked to Sandton, Johannesburg, to wave to the team as they rode by on a bus. Around the country, people were asked to join in the fun at 12:00. References Alegi, P. (2004). Laduma! Football, Politics and Society in South Africa, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal, pp.
Reduced racial tension. • People have found a common interest through sport. Friendships have been built. • It helped to build respect. It brought people together. • More white people watch soccer than before, and more black people watch rugby. This is different from what we saw before. Those who could no longer see beneﬁts cited a number of factors. The most prominent was lack of momentum and commitment to building a national spirit: • We all seemed united, but when the World Cup ended, the unity ended with it.
African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media Narratives: The Legacy of the FIFA 2010 World Cup by Tendai Chari, Nhamo A. Mhiripiri