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Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France Paperback – February 9, 2011
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"An intriguing tale of soccer within the matrix of France's history of colonialism." STARRED REVIEW--"Library Journal"
"Tale of how even the most seemingly apolitical institutions in a society can become the battlegrounds for its most pressing questions of identity and ambition."--"Salon.com"
Excellent--"Chronicle of Higher Education"
"Soccer Empire has a heart that beats louder than most, and is all the better for it."--"Times Literary Supplement (Tls)"
"Excellent"--"Chronicle of Higher Education"
"The best, most important contribution to soccer scholarship to date. . . .A timely and wonderful book."--A.-P. Durand"Choice" (09/01/2010)
The best, most important contribution to soccer scholarship to date. . . .A timely and wonderful book. --A.-P. Durand"Choice" (09/01/2010)"
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"Laurent Dubois is historian, fan and graceful writer all in one. In soccer, he has found an innovative way to explore France and its empire. A serious book and an excellent read."Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics
"Beautifully lyrical and authoritative. We meet a host of players, colonized and colonizer, following them from their original playing fieldsa vast lawn, a concrete lotto their triumphs in national and international play." Alice Kaplan, author of The Interpreter
"This book is a brilliant, beautifully written, and unique history of French colonialism and post-coloniality through the lens of football/soccer. Dubois weaves an eminently readable and engaging narrative that tracks tensions around race and national identity through the biographies of key football players and officials who became iconic of the aspirations of peripheral subjects of the French empire. More than a simple history of French football, the book amounts to a description of France's imperial project and an incisive reflection on the race question in contemporary France. It will please both fans of the 'beautiful game' and those inclined to dismiss sports as but the opium of the masses."Paul Silverstein, author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation
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The quality of writing is very good and the analysis, as befits a knowledgeable historian, is thorough. This is well beyond the facile "Soccer Explains the World" journalism and this book provides an interesting view of French imperialism and French society. There are some areas where Dubois might have provided some additional explanation or analysis. Unlike the USA, France is a nominally color-blind society. By and large, no affirmative action and no "diversity" programs, a real difference from the US response to ethnic diversity. Dubois' primary research interest has been the French Empire, and its not surprising that he emphasizes the Imperial-Colonial aspect of the story.Read more ›