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Tanja Bueltmann, David T. Gleeson, and Don MacRaild

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317712

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Englishness and Cricket in South Africa during the Boer War

Englishness and Cricket in South Africa during the Boer War

(p.185) Chapter 11 Englishness and Cricket in South Africa during the Boer War
Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010
Dean Allen
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the role of the sport of cricket in the English Diaspora in South Africa. It investigates the social construction of cricket during the Victorian era and its portrayal as the archetypal ‘Englishman's game’ and explores the key agents and institutions responsible for instilling the sense of ‘Englishness’ upon the game both within South Africa and back in England during the Boer War era. This chapter also considers the view that cricket became the cornerstone of Empire, as it provided a training ground for service to empire and countered the insecurity of colonial society.

Keywords:   cricket, English Diaspora, South Africa, Victorian era, Englishman's game, Englishness, Boer War era, service to empire, colonial society

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