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The Precarity of Masculinity: Football, Pentecostalism, and Transnational Aspirations in Cameroon

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The Precarity of Masculinity

Football, Pentecostalism, and Transnational Aspirations in Cameroon

Uroš Kovač

220 pages, 9 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-927-3 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (March 2022)

eISBN 978-1-78920-928-0 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This is an extraordinarily high-quality book, destined to make a mark in Africanist scholarship. Simply by demonstrating the connection between football and Pentecostalism in Cameroon, Kovac’s manuscript takes a step I have never seen before, examining a kind of confluence of two global movements into a local production of masculine subjects.” • Sasha Newell, Université libre de Bruxelles

“Tells the fascinating story of young Cameroonians, who opt for football as a career to bring them global mobility and attain what the author calls ‘moral masculinity' … The story is full of unexpected turns, bringing in a wide array of aspects and actors.” • Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam


Despite little chance of success, many young men in Cameroon are determined to play football for a living. Many of these aspiring footballers gravitate towards Pentecostal Christian churches, although there are ample other social and spiritual resources available to them. This book follows young Cameroonian men who aspire to migrate abroad and play football for a living while also analyzing masculinities in West Africa. The author argues that the athletic aspirations of young Cameroonians and their propensity to consult with Pentecostal Men of God offer new insights about the nature of social mobility in the neoliberal age.

Uroš Kovač is a postdoctoral researcher at the ‘Future Rural Africa’ collaborative research project at the University of Cologne as well as Teaching fellow at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University (WWU) Münster, Institute of Ethnology.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Anthropology of Religion Gender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Africa


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