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Title:Crafting sport history behind bars: wrestling with State patronage and colonial confinement in Kenya
Author:Carotenuto, MatthewISNI
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:combat sports
social history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2015.26
Abstract:This article explores how indigenous games such as wrestling were marginalized during the colonial era and the contemporary impact of this legacy. Through the sport of wrestling's neotraditional resurgence, the author argues that the sport's contemporary iteration which emerged behind the imposing walls of Kenya's penitentiaries provides an important window into historic discourse and state control of sport rooted in the colonial past. Paying close attention to the methodological challenges and opportunities researchers of indigenous sport face, the article also examines the sources available for scholars interested in investigating the social history of indigenous sport in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]