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People at Play

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Author: Edited by Amitava Chatterjee
Year: January 2013
Pages: 240
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-93-80677-46-0

About the Book

The essays in this collection address the interplay between sport and society from interdisciplinary perspectives. They discuss the historical processes through which sports have become a significant element of everyday social life since the late nineteenth century. The principal problematic of the book is sport’s encounters with colonialism and nationalism which have recast its role as a mobiliser of the public. Impact of this dynamic can be perceived in the functioning of social institutions as diverse as education and entertainment. Additionally, the book interprets the confluence of traditional and modern sport forms into the making of distinct sports cultures and identities, and the trajectories of the public’s development as fans, consumers and vanguards of sport. Although the book focuses on India, the themes covered resonate with other national contexts as well.

Written by well-known scholars in the field, the book is a valuable addition to the growing corpus of sport studies. This book will quench the thirst of students and scholars of history, cultural studies, sociology, as well as to anyone seeking a national perspective on the, political and economic salience of contemporary and traditional sport in India.Amitava Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor of History in Ramsaday College and a guest lecturer

Amitava Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor of History in Ramsaday College and a guest lecturer in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He is working on the evolution of sporting culture in colonial Bengal. He has published extensively in reputed journals of India and abroad viz. Calcutta Historical Journal; Journal of History, Jadavpur University; Soccer & Society, Sport in Society etc. He is a Charles Wallace Fellow (UK), 2012. He is assigned as a Guest Editor of Sport in Society and referee of Soccer & Society (International Journal, Routledge, U.K).

Preface –Boria Mojumdar
Foreword – Kausik Bandopadhyay
Introduction – Amitava Chatterjee
1. Why Baseball, why Cricket? Differing Nationalisms, Differing Challenges – Boria Mojumdar, Sean Brown
2. Brown Man’s Burden? : The Historiography of Cricket and Nationalism in Colonial India – Souvik Naha
3. Exploring Politics and Sports: Towards a Disaggregated Understanding – Jishnu Dasgupta
4. Sporting Nationalism in the Global Era: The Case of Football – Avipsu Halder
5. Sporting nationalism in Twentieth Century Bengal: The Gendered Perspective – Suparna Ghosh
6. Male Body in the Making: Physical Culture movement in Colonial Bengal – Amitava Chatterjee
7. Constructing Colonial masculinity through Everyday Life: Narrating the Practice of game as Sports among European Officers of North East India – Binayak Dutta
8. Footballing Nationalism in Colonial Bengal: A Comparative Analysis – Debashis Majumder
9. Alternative Trends in Bengal Football Fandom: From Nationalism to Sub-Nationalism – Amitava Chatterjee,Amitabha Bandopadhyay
10. The Politics of Sports and the Myth of the Nation: Selected novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald – Subhankar Roy
11. Sports in Colonial India: Vignettes fro the Past –Souvik Naha, Amitava Chatterjee

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