Football, Gambling, and Everyday Life in Zimbabwe (Routledge Contemporary Africa) (Hardcover)

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As unemployment soared in Zimbabwe in the early twenty-first century, betting on football/soccer emerged as a popular, if unsustainable, livelihood option, and the number of betting halls mushroomed. This book investigates this growing social phenomenon, providing a holistic analysis of football gambling in Zimbabwe and exposing its impact on the everyday lives of Zimbabweans.

Drawing on original empirical and theoretical analysis from across six different areas of Zimbabwe, the book highlights the lived experiences of communities that are only beginning to grapple with the long-term effects of addiction. Explaining its historical origins in the colonial and immediate post-colonial periods, the authors delve into the motivations, patterns, practices, and impacts of soccer betting. Tackling issues such as gender, livelihoods, addiction, religion, and tradition related to soccer betting, the book lays bare the general lack of policy frameworks and support services to protect vulnerable populations.

This book offers a rare glimpse into a sociological phenomenon sweeping across Zimbabwe, with a particularly stark impact on the country's youth. It will interest sports and African studies researchers, as well as those focusing on the socio-health problems related to gambling.

About the Author

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Community Development, University of Zimbabwe. He won the 2015 Gerti Hesseling Prize for Best Paper Published in African Studies. His work revolves around the sociology of everyday life in African spaces, with a specific interest in football and sports studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032578866
ISBN-10: 1032578866
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 27th, 2023
Pages: 138
Language: English
Series: Routledge Contemporary Africa