This volume presents research on policy responses to racism in sporting codes, predominantly Australian Rules football, in a global context. While the three guest editors are based in Australia, and their work pertains to the uniquely domestic game of Australian Rules football, the outcomes, research vectors and key issues from this research are part of a much larger on-going international conversation that is equally relevant when considering, for instance, racism in English Premier League football, first class cricket and basketball.
The book is an outcome of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project titled Assessing the Australian Football League’s Racial and Religious Vilification Laws to Promote Community Harmony, Multiculturalism and Reconciliation, which investigated social participation and the impact of the Australian Football League’s anti-racial vilification policy since its introduction in 1995.
This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Table of Contents
1. Editorial: Codes combined Keir Reeves, Megan Ponsford and Sean Gorman
2. Codes Combined: managing expectations and policy responses to racism in sport Keir Reeves, Megan Ponsford and Sean Gorman
3. Discrimination cases in grass-roots sport: comparing Australian and English experiences Paul Oliver and Jim Lusted
4. To play Papunya: the problematic interface between a remote Aboriginal community and the organization of Australian Football in Central Australia Barry Judd and Tim Butcher
5. Disciplinary provisions for hate speech in football: comparative perspectives Simon Gardiner
6. Frank and Bhupinder: the odd couple of Indian cricket Megan Ponsford
7. When Adam met Rio: conversations on racism, anti-racism and multiculturalism in the Australian Football League and English Premier League Daniel Burdsey and Sean Gorman
8. Sectarianism, anti-sectarianism and Scottish football Joseph M. Bradley
9. Where are all the Koorie football players? The AFL and the invisible presence of Indigenous Victorians Jess Coyle
10. Safeguarding in sport Anthony Hedges
Keir Reeves is a professor of Australian History and Director of the Collaborative Research Centre for Australian History at Federation University Australia.
Sean Gorman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University who specialises in Indigenous Studies.
Megan Ponsford is an historian whose doctoral research at Federation University Australia focuses on cricketing cross-cultural encounters between Australia and the sub-continent.