Cricket, Kirikiti and Imperialism in Samoa, 1879–1939

Ben Sacks

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This book considers how Samoans embraced and reshaped the English game of cricket, recasting it as a distinctively Samoan pastime, kirikiti. Starting with cricket’s introduction to the islands in 1879, it uses both cricket and kirikiti to trace six decades of contest between and within the categories of ‘colonisers’ and ‘colonised.’ How and why did Samoans adapt and appropriate the imperial game? How did officials, missionaries, colonists, soldiers and those with mixed foreign and Samoan heritage understand and respond to the real and symbolic challenges kirikiti presented? And how did Samoans use both games to navigate foreign colonialism(s)? By investigating these questions, Benjamin Sacks suggests alternative frameworks for conceptualising sporting transfer and adoption, and advances understandings of how power, politics and identity were manifested through sport, in Samoa and across the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages306
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27268-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-27267-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Sport and Politics
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Electronic)2365-998X


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