The Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa analyzes the meaning attached to sport in South African societies, past and present. It explores the history and changing meanings attached to particular sports in the old and new South Africas, and the ways in which sport is being used in the present. In particular, it examines the prominent team sports of rugby, soccer, and cricket in the creation of social divisions and unities over the course of South African history.
“This is a timely publication as South African sport is in the process of adapting to wider changes in the country as well as competing internationally after a long period of isolation. Nauright explores the hidden social dimensions of sport in South Africa and provides a comprehensive analysis of the inter-relationship between identity formation and various sporting codes in an ethnically fragmented South Africa.” —Professor Albert Grundlingh, University of South Africa, Pretoria
“There is now a substantial literature analyzing racial aspects of South African sport. What distinguishes Sport, Cultures, and Identities in South Africa is the author’s clever focus on the embodiment of cultural identity. . . . Nauright’s highly original approach to the embodiment of racial culture makes the book essential reading.” —Douglas Booth, Journal of Modern African Studies
“. . . reading Nauright’s book one feels like being on a high-speed train ride through South Africa’s social geography of sport. . . . bring[s] out deeply revealing sights, sounds, and smells of a novel, powerful and textured local sport culture.” —Peter Alegi, International Journal of the History of Sport