How do migrant youth negotiate their role in society through sport and leisure practices? How can political theory and qualitative critical research work together to make sense of these processes? These are among the questions that led to a long-term investigation of young males’ sport practices in Ireland, possibly the most fertile contemporary setting for the analysis of questions of sport and identity.
Youth Sport, Migration and Culture emphasises the epistemological and ethical urgency of doing research with rather than on young people. Engaging with the social changes in Irish society through the eyes of children of immigrants growing up in Ireland, the book looks closely at young people’s leisure practices in multi-ethnic contexts, and at issues of inclusion in relation to public discourses around ‘national identity’ and immigration.
Offering compelling analysis of how ideas of race and racism are elaborated through sport, this book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology of sport, sport development or youth culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction, 1. Sport, Youth and Migration in the Post-nation Age, 2. Community, Belonging and the Role of the Game, 3. Flexible Positions: Framing Class and Ethnicity On and Off the Pitch, 4. The Death of a Black Teenager, 5. A Team Like No ‘Other’, 6. Follow Up: The Story that Was Not There, Conclusion
Max Mauro is Lecturer in Sport Studies at Solent University, UK and Visiting Lecturer in Media, Sport and Communication at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK.
"Mauro’s important study is not the first to look at racism within grassroots football in Ireland but is certainly the most in-depth account to date … Mauro’s research is an important step in addressing an issue which Irish society has struggled to deal with" – Conor Curran, Trinity College Dublin, Sport in Society