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Cricket, Brexit and the Anglosphere

journal contribution
posted on 16.02.2021, 11:18 by Dominic MalcolmDominic Malcolm
© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article explores the relationship between cricket and Brexit through the prism of Anglosphere. It argues that there are many parallels between the idea of the Anglosphere and cricket, evident e.g. in geopolitical formation, race and culture. However, in each case the analysis shows that the fit between cricket and the Anglosphere is imperfect. The article further illustrates that while the major building blocks for the future consolidation of the Anglosphere in a post-Brexit world have also shaped cricket, they represent a form of neoliberal postcolonial domination. Consequently, while cricket is the sporting exemplar of this cultural formation, the article shows that the aspirations of Brexiteers to construct a future Anglosphere are both fanciful and reactionary. While Brexit will have a distinctly more limited impact on cricket than other sports, the geopolitics of postcolonial cricket make a return to a pseudo-imperial organization of the game improbable.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport in Society

Volume

24

Issue

8

Pages

1274-1290

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor and Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 27 Jan 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2021.1876030

Publication date

2021-01-27

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1743-0437

eISSN

1743-0445

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Dominic Malcolm. Deposit date: 15 February 2021