Peter Alegi discusses the legacy of ‘Africa’s World Cup’ on New Books in Sports

by Phillip Witteveen September 17, 2013

Peter Alegi appeared on New Books in Sports to discuss Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space. Co-edited with Chris Bolsmann, Africa’s World Cup is a collection of essays, travelogues and ethnographies that attempt to get a better grasp of the further-reaching cultural and political implications of the historic 2010 FIFA tournament. Alegi, who is originally from Rome, drew parallels to the ancient Roman ideology of “bread and circus,”  those things needed to appease the populace, as “the first politicization of sports.” “Politicians all over the African continent  (particularly after independence which for most countries in Africa, came […]

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New British Prime Minister David Cameron is an Eton College Man

by kris bishop May 12, 2010

David Cameron has become the 19th prime minister of Great Britain to have attended Eton College near Windsor. Why have so many leaders come from this one school? “The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” -Duke of Wellington, after defeating Napoleon The Playing Fields of Eton: Equality and Excellence in Modern Meritocracy, (2009) by Mika Lavaque-Manty, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan. Cloth: 978-0-472-11685-0 Ebook: 978-0-472-02207-6 (Article by Paul Moss originally published May 12, 2010, at It is the thread that unites some of Britain’s most disparate prime ministers. What else could […]

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UMP Books in the News

by University of Michigan Press March 10, 2009

Political Science/International Relations The President calls for additional troops in Afghanistan. Pentagon experts ask if the United States has enough troops and equipment to fulfill the many demands–from fighting terrorists to peacekeeping operations–placed on the military. Then a reservist in Wisconsin goes AWOL to protest the Iraq War. How are these news stories related? In Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq, Susan Ross and Michael Musheno put the pieces together.                        Links: About the book | Chicago Tribune article | New York Times article   Sports The University of Michigan hockey team completed […]

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