Sport in the Black Atlantic

Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean diaspora

By Janelle Joseph

Sport in the Black Atlantic

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9407-5
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: January 2017
  • BIC Category: Sociology: sport & leisure, Sociology, HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General, SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Caribbean islands, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Sociology: Sport & Leisure
  • Series: Globalizing Sport Studies


This book outlines the ways sport helps to create transnational social fields that interconnect migrants dispersed across a region known as the Black Atlantic: England, North America and the Caribbean. Many Caribbean men's stories about their experiences migrating to Canada, settling in Toronto, finding jobs and travelling involved some contact with a cricket and social club. It offers a unique contribution to black diaspora studies through showing sport in Canada as a means of contending with ageing in the diaspora, creating transnational relationships, and marking ethnic boundaries on a local scale. The book also brings black diaspora analysis to sport research, and through a close look at what goes on before, during and after cricket matches provides insights into the dis-unities, contradictions and complexities of Afro-diasporic identity in multicultural Canada. It will be of interest to students and scholars in sociology, sport studies and black diaspora studies.


'Sport in the Black Atlantic provides a deep and theoretically sound look at how migrants of Caribbean origin spread across "the Black Atlantic" (England, North America, and the Caribbean) and make meaning of their social environments.'
R. D. Sheptak Jr., Baldwin Wallace University, Choice, September 2017


1. Community
2. Routes
3. Nostalgia
4. Disjunctures
5. Diaspora space
6. Nationalisms


Janelle Joseph teaches in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto

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