This book examines the exclusion of British Asians from the football industry, drawing on a wealth of empirical work with players, coaches, scouts, managers, fans, anti-racist organisations, community officers, and key stakeholders. It adopts a critical race theory (CRT) perspective to offer a platform for excluded communities to discuss their experiences and offer their advice, guidance and criticisms. Notions of whiteness, intersectionalities and gender are explored and filter throughout. This book highlights historical and contemporary reasons for the British Asian exclusion from football, critically examines a number of tried and tested inclusion strategies, and offers recommendations for reform to help achieve equality and inclusion. The research aims to:
As long as marginalized groups, such as British Asians, are excluded from a field of popular culture, in this case football, it is a topic that demands attention, deserves investigation and requires solutions. It is hoped that this book can be of use to students, researchers and policymakers who share an active interest in football, exclusion and equality.
1. British Asians and Football: Setting the Scene 2. From the ‘Traditional’ to the ‘Modern’: Migration, Cultural Change and the Significance of Football 3. The Asian Frame, ‘Race’ and Football 4. British Asians, Racisms and the Football Industry 5. A Community of Communities: British Asian Football Experiences in Bradford, Leicester and London 6. British Asian Females and Football 7. Inclusion Strategies and Recommendations 8. Conclusion: Full-time