Peter Alegi

Peter Alegi is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University and the author of Laduma! Soccer, Politics, and Society in South Africa. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and book review editor of Soccer and Society.

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A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010–11.

African Soccerscapes · How a Continent Changed the World’s Game
By Peter Alegi

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into a distinctively African activity. African Soccerscapes explores how Africans adopted soccer for their own reasons and on their own terms.

“A compact but thorough and informative account of the sport’s absorption and evolution across the African continent…. An ideal reader for undergraduate and graduate courses as well as for those individuals curious about the rise of football across Africa.”

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