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Cricket, public culture and the making of Postcolonial Calcutta, Souvik Naha.

What prompts common people to kill a guard and rob an office they thought had some tickets for a Test match? Why does a scholar of medieval Bengali literature remark, 'Had life been a sport, it would be cricket'? Who do journalists vindicate by promoting cricket, the imperial game par excellence, as the lifeforce of the ordinary Indian? This book pursues these threads of the people's uncanny attachment to cricket, seeking to understand the sport's role in the making of a postcolonial society. With a focus on Calcutta, it unpacks the various connotations of international cricket that have produced a postcolonial community and public culture. Cricket, it shows, gave the people a tool to understand and form themselves as a cultural community. More than the outcomes of matches, the beliefs, attitudes and actions the sport generated had an immense bearing on emerging social relationships
Table Of Contents
ricket, syndicated Englishness and postcolonialism -- Narratives of cricket and collective history -- The making of a city of cricket -- Politicians, patronage and centre-State Relations -- Spectators, gender and public space -- The moral economy of violent 'gentlemen'
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 23 Nov 2022)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 295 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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