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|Title:||Warriors of the rainbow nation: South African rugby after apartheid|
|Publisher:||Taylor and Francis|
|Citation:||Anthropology Southern Africa, 37(1-2): 68 - 80, (2014)|
|Abstract:||In this article I seek to account for the special appeal of rugby to white, particularly Afrikaner, men in South Africa, by treating rugby as a social phenomenon. I suggest that at a metaphorical level formulaic elements of the sport resonate with those of modern military and bureaucratic institutions that were so prominent in the history of Afrikaners. However, whilst rugby embodies historical memories, Afrikaner men's participation in the sport is also geared towards the present. With reference to the autobiographies of three Springbok rugby captains, I argue that participation in the sport has become an important arena for dramatizing their contribution to nation building. In the micro-world of rugby, players perceive themselves as warriors who lay their bodies on the line for a new democratic nation.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers|
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