The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

2274  Large

The Race to Transform: Sport in post-apartheid South Africa takes stock of sport in South Africa, and provides a pioneering exploration of how sport reflects matters such as enduring inequality, racial transformation and the making (or otherwise) of a common South African destiny.

To date, much sports writing has been celebratory, paying attention to 'big' moments like the winning of the Rugby World Cups, and hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2010. With the lens focused on national teams, there has been less emphasis on how South Africa's transition has impacted on township sport. This book provides a view on the relationship between elite and grassroots sport in the context of growing economic disparities and the emergence of an influential black middle and super-rich class.

Divided into chapters delving into a diverse set of sporting codes, The Race to Transform enlivens and transcends the technical debates and contestations around transformation that have become such a prominent part of sports discourse. The contributors, a mix of activist intellectuals and those directly involved in the game, outline an agenda for both theory and practice in the ongoing debate about sport and transformation in South Africa.

Every sports lover who realises the power of politics and economics over his or her beloved game must read this book. Written in a style that is accessible and interesting, it is essential reading also for administrators, social scientists and people with an interest in social change.

Product information

Format : 198mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 264
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2319-1
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2319-6
Publish Year : 2010
Rights : World Rights
  1. Introduction: Long run to freedom? Sports in post-apartheid South Africa
    Ashwin Desai
  2. Creepy crawlies, portapools and the dam(n)s of swimming transformation
    Ashwin Desai and Ahmed Veriava
  3. Inside the house of pain: A case study of the Jaguars Rugby Club
    Ashwin Desai and Zayn Nabbi
  4. Transformation from above: The upside down state of contemporary South African soccer
    Dale T. McKinley
  5. Womens bodies & the world of football in South Africa
    Prishani Naidoo and Zanele Muholi
  6. Jumping over the hurdles: Political analysis of transformation measures in South African athletics
    Justin van der Merwe
  7. Beyond the nation? Colour and class in South African cricket
    Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed
  8. Between black and white: A case study of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU)
    Goolam Vahed, Vishnu Padayachee and Ashwin Desai

Ashwin Desai was previously a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg. He is presently Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Rhodes University. Ashwin is widely regarded as one of South Africa's foremost social commentators. His work is internationally celebrated for its courage and clarity of vision and for its focus on the lived experience of oppression and resistance.

Share this

You might also consider these related books

2257  Large

Skills Shortages in South Africa
Case Studies of Key Professions

South Africas skills shortages are widely regarded as a key factor preventing the achievement of targeted growth rates. There is some dispute as to the nature and extent of these shortages, given that the country also has a large pool of unemployed graduates. The case studies presented in this monograph explore the question of shortage in nine key professions and trades and find evidence of skills scarcity in most fields.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 288
ISBN 10 : 07969-2266-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2266-3
Publish Year : 2009
Rights : World Rights
Price R 176.00
2280  Large

South African Social Attitudes: The 2nd Report
Reflections on the Age of Hope

2280

Since the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has become a well documented nation. A multitude of national and sub-national studies have been conducted, yielding a wealth of information about the characteristics of South African society, and how these have evolved over time. However, less is known about how South Africans feel about their world and themselves. There remains much scope for deepening our understanding of the publics values, chronicling how these have been changing, and determining the extent to which different segments of the population vary in their attitudes and beliefs.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 384
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2217-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2217-5
Publish Year : 2010
Rights : World Rights
Price R 170.00
2042  Large

State of the Nation: South Africa 2004-2005

2042
The second volume in a series by leading South African intellectuals on the state of post-apartheid South Africa, this publication provides a comprehensive and frank picture of contemporary South Africa. It includes critical insights into the state of the political parties after the 2004 election, race and identity, the economy and the state of employment, emerging patterns of business ownership and the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Product information

Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 648
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2086-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2086-7
Publish Year : 2005
Price R 220.00
2241  Large

The State of the Population in the Western Cape Province

2241

The slogan 'Home for all' is associated with the Western Cape provincial government and the creation of a sustainable 'home for all' is the driving goal. In order to achieve this, however, it is crucial to examine the issues impacting on and impacted by the diverse population of the province.

Product information

Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 260
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2226-8
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2226-7
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights
Price R 191.00