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One of the biggest political achievements by activist playing the sports card is the boycott against South Africa by a number of sports and sporting events. The story is outlined in Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield) by two central figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, Peter Hain and André Odendaal. Wray Vamplew is our appreciative reviewer; he is, however, keen to point out that racism in sport did not start, nor did it end, with South African apartheid.
Capitalism and Sport: Politics, Protest, People and Play by Michael Lavalette (ed.) examines the relationship between capitalism and sport by exploring the tensions that exist within sport from two distinct perspectives: the politics of sport and the politics in sport. Russell Holden’s review highlights the good points as well as the drawbacks.