Nation at Play: Book by Ronojoy Sen

Nation at Play

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ISBN: 9780670088362    Publisher: Penguin Books India Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 280        Language: English
Nation at Play is a novel history of India's engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and the Raj, as well as in the decades after Independence....Read more
Nation at Play is a novel history of India's engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and the Raj, as well as in the decades after Independence. Interestingly, over time, some sports that originated in India have fallen out of favour, while others, such as cricket, a colonial import, have been adopted and made wholly India's own.
Sen follows the transformation of sport from an elite, kingly pastime to a national obsession tied to colonialism, nationalism and free market liberalization. He pays special attention to two modern phenomena: the dominance of cricket in the Indian consciousness and the chronic failure of a billion-strong nation to compete successfully in international sporting competitions, such as the Olympics. Innovatively incorporating examples from popular media and other unconventional sources, Nation at Play not only captures the political nature of sport in India but also reveals the patterns of patronage, clientage, and institutionalization that have bound this diverse nation together for centuries.
Nation at Play is a novel history of India's engagement with sport and a probing analysis of its cultural and political development under monarchy and the Raj, as well as in the decades after Independence. Interestingly, over time, some sports that originated in India have fallen out of favour, while others, such as cricket, a colonial import, have been adopted and made wholly India's own.
Sen follows the transformation of sport from an elite, kingly pastime to a national obsession tied to colonialism, nationalism and free market liberalization. He pays special attention to two modern phenomena: the dominance of cricket in the Indian consciousness and the chronic failure of a billion-strong nation to compete successfully in international sporting competitions, such as the Olympics. Innovatively incorporating examples from popular media and other unconventional sources, Nation at Play not only captures the political nature of sport in India but also reveals the patterns of patronage, clientage, and institutionalization that have bound this diverse nation together for centuries.

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About the author: Ronojoy Sen
Ronojoy Sen is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies and Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is the author... Read more
Ronojoy Sen is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies and Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is the author of Articles of Faith: Religion, Secularism, and the Indian Supreme Court and has co-edited several books, including Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago and read history in Presidency College, Calcutta. He has been an editor with The Times of India.
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