While the skills of football players can be observed on pitches throughout Africa, the actions of those who run the game's administrative side are less visible. Based on anthropological fieldwork in Ghana and Cameroon, this study's main characters are rich and powerful men who take up positions within clubs and football associations. Through their involvement in football, these African "Big Men" convert symbolic, social and economic capital. In other words, they transform the game's popularity into status and prestige, political power and business opportunities. To this end, they maintain power within football administration through patronage politics. They also tend to resort to foul play. Match-fixing, juju, intimidation and age cheats are some of the methods these Big Men employ in order to achieve their goals. [Book abstract]
Free online at http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20224


Year of publication: 2012
Series: African Studies Collection
Volume: 43
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978-90-5448-118-8
Auteur
Arnold Pannenborg
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Paperback
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African Studies Centre
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