The relationship between association football, race and ethnicity has received increasing levels of attention from academics and commentators throughout the world over recent years. As their national professional leagues reflect the multicultural nature of most global developed societies so the focus of sports scholars and others have been drawn to this field of enquiry and this has produced some impressive works. These have included rich examinations of such issues at the level of the nation-state and the aim of this collection is to considerably enhance this dedicated strand of academic research. Drawing upon case studies from Europe, Africa and the USA, this book offers readers an exceptional level of coverage as it scrutinises issues of race and ethnicity in a number of novel settings worldwide. It also brings together many of the leading researchers in this field and thereby offers the reader a single, dedicated reference point for much of the contemporary research work taking place throughout the world at this time.
This bookw as published a sa special issue of Soccer and Society.
1. Introduction David Hassan 2. Institutional racism, whiteness and the under-representation of minorities in leadership positions in football in Europe Steven Bradbury 3. ‘El Clasico’ and the demise of tradition in Spanish club football: perspectives on shifting patterns of cultural identity Jim O’Brien 4. Geographical typology of European football rivalries Seweryn Dmowski 5. A team like no ‘Other’: the racialized position of Insaka FC in Irish schoolboy football Max Mauro 6. Can’t play here: the decline of pick-up soccer and social capital in the USA Joseph M. Ellis and Hemant Sharma 7. National bonding and meanings given to race and ethnicity: watching the football World Cup on Dutch TV Jacco van Sterkenburg 8. ‘The successes and challenges of hosting the 2010 FIFAWorld Cup’: the case of Cape Town, South Africa Dean Allen 9. The ‘silent’ Irish – football, migrants and the pursuit of integration David Hassan and Ken McCue
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.