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The Political Game

Topics to be discussed: Cricket as a point of crisis, e.g. Bodyline series, boycott of SA, England / Zimbabwe, India / Pakistan

Questions:

Why did 'Bodyline' cause such a outcry?

What is the relationship between sport and politics?

Why does cricket seem to be more involved than other sports?

How effective are sporting boycotts?

TV: Bodyline (BBC documentary); Bodyline - It's just not cricket (ABC documentary); India v Pakistan: A Bat & Ball War (1999); Branded a Rebel (CNN documentary on 1983 WI tour of S.Africa)

Reading

Jon Gemmel, The politics of South African Cricket (2004)

Shaharyar Khan, Cricket Cauldron: the turbulent politics of sport in Pakistan (2013)

'Cricket's Imperial Crisis: The 1932–33 MCC Tour of Australia' Sport in Society, (2006)

Patrick F. McDevitt 'Bodyline, Jardine and masculinity' in The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (library ebook)

Mihir Bose 'Conflicting loyalties: nationalism and religion in India-Pakistan cricket relations' in The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (library ebook)

Andre Odendaal 'Cricket and representations of beauty: Newlands cricket ground and the roots of apartheid in South African cricket ' in The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (library ebook)

Stephen Wagg and Jon Gemmell 'Cricket and international politics' in The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (library ebook)