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Gooooooaaaaaallllll!: Using Football Politics to Score Off the Field Evidence From Across Africa

Hickey, Emily
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Hickey, Emily
Advisor
Fatton, Robert
Abstract
A key component is missing from the traditional study of African politics: football. As this thesis will reveal, football is not merely an extracurricular sport or a detached societal activity, but an integral avenue to understanding politics in Africa. Football and politics coexist together and are consistently used in similar manners and for similar ends across the continent. This paper explores four unique avenues in which football is diffused into African politics -- as a smokescreen for human rights abuses, as a means of stifling political opposition, as a form of patronage and political promotion, and in pursuit of business or financial interests. The evidence presented shows the centrality of football to politics, suggesting we must move beyond traditional political science and include cultural phenomena such as football for a better understanding of African politics.
Language
English
Date Received
20150731
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Foreign Affairs, MA (Master of Arts), 2015
Published Date
2015-07-29
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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