Sports and The Global South

Work, Play and Resistance In Sri Lanka

  • S. Janaka Biyanwila

Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 321-375

About this book


This book reimagines the pleasures of sports and provides a critical perspective from the Global South. Analysing the spread of sports markets in Sri Lanka along with a range of struggles, the book highlights how the celebration of ‘sportive nationalism,’ promoting sports markets in the Global South reinforces patriarchal ethno-nationalist authoritarian sports cultures.

By explaining how the realm of social reproduction involving households and communities is integral for play and sports, the book challenges the market-driven ‘sports and development’ agenda while arguing for a ‘sports commons.’ By foregrounding issues of justice and care, the book highlights how struggles for recognition, redistribution and representation are central to reimagining sports within an alternative notion of work, play and resistance.


critical sociology sports markets mega events social reproduction sports markets in the Global South sports as a 'carnival of the commons' sports and self-exploitation of workers media in sports consumption Sports in Sri Lanka Authoritarian sports cultures

Authors and affiliations

  • S. Janaka Biyanwila
    • 1
  1. 1.RandwickAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68501-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68502-1
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