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Nation at Play: A History of Sport in India

Ronojoy Sen


Reaching as far back as ancient times, Ronojoy Sen pairs a novel history of India’s engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and colonialism, and as an independent nation. Some sports that originated in India have fallen out of favor, while others, such as cricket, have been adopted and made wholly India’s own. Sen’s innovative project casts sport less as a natural expression of human competition than as an instructive practice reflecting a unique play with power, morality, aesthetics, identity, and money. Sen follows the transformat ... More

Keywords: India, Sport, Cricket, Nationalism, Colonialism, Independence, Olympics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164900
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronojoy Sen, author