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Title:'Grown-ups on white plastic chairs:' soccer and separatism in Senegal, 1969-2012
Author:Deets, Mark
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Casamance conflict
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2015.25
Abstract:The author argues that the postcolonial Senegalese soccer stadium became a space for imagining and performing the nation for separatists from the Casamance region who tied their separatist discourse to the fortunes of Casa-Sports, a soccer club based in Ziguinchor. The twin histories of Casamanšais soccer and separatism demonstrate the interplay of 'space' and 'place' in the stadium - constructed originally for defining and controlling the Senegalese nation but commandeered by separatists for subverting it. Non-elite Casa-Sports supporters, however, contested or ignored separatist assertions that supporting Casa-Sports meant supporting separatism, and vice versa. Thus, these non-elites revealed the stadium as a 'space-place' for simultaneous, multiple national imaginings. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]